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The invisible hour : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

The invisible hour : a novel / Alice Hoffman.

Hoffman, Alice, (author.).


One brilliant June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The Scarlet Letter was written almost two hundred years earlier, but it seems to tell the story of Mia’s mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community-—an oppressive cult in western Massachusetts where contact with the outside world is forbidden, and books are considered evil. But how could this be? How could Nathaniel Hawthorne have so perfectly captured the pain and loss that Mia carries inside her? Through a journey of heartbreak, love, and time, Mia must abandon the rules she was raised with at the Community. As she does, she realizes that reading can transport you to other worlds or bring them to you, and that readers and writers affect one another in mysterious ways. She learns that time is more fluid than she can imagine, and that love is stronger than any chains that bind you. As a girl Mia fell in love with a book. Now as a young woman she falls in love with a brilliant writer as she makes her way back in time. But what if Nathaniel Hawthorne never wrote The Scarlet Letter? And what if Mia Jacob never found it on the day she planned to die? Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” This is the story of one woman’s dream. For a little while it came true. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982175375
  • ISBN: 1982175370
  • Physical Description: xii, 257 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 257).
Subject: Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Cults > Fiction.
Suicide > Fiction.
Massachusetts > Fiction.
Books and reading > Fiction.
Time travel > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Authors > Fiction.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864 > Fiction.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Scarlet letter > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Time-travel fiction.

Available copies

  • 24 of 58 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 3 copies available at Pulaski County. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Pulaski County Library-Waynesville.


  • 10 current holds with 58 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Pulaski County Library-Waynesville FIC Hof (Text) 33642000738344 Adult New Titles Checked out 10/04/2023

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