Be careful what you wish for. I know that for a fact. Wishes are brutal, unforgiving things, they burn your tongue the moment they’re spoken and you can never take them back. They bruise and bake and come back to haunt you. I’ve made far too many wishes in my lifetime, the first when I was eight years old. Not the sort of wish for ice cream or a party dress or long, blond hair; no. The other sort, the kind that rattles your bones, then sits in the back of your throat, a greedy red toad that chokes you until you say it aloud.
The kind that can change your life in an instant, before you have time to wish you can take it back.
Excerpt from The Ice Queen, by Alice Hoffman
Another book for my must-have list. I’ve loved Alice Hoffman’s novels since her earliest books, Property Of and White Horses. As you know if you’ve seen Practical Magic, the genre that she writes in could best be described as magical realism; her books are simple, yet heartbreakingly beautiful. She is the writer that I would want to be, if I could write.
She looked like a diamond; it was possible to spy her from miles away. She was so beautiful now that everyone wanted her: people came to talk to her, but she wouldn’t answer. Birds lit on her shoulder; she didn’t bother to chase them away. She didn’t have to. If they took a single peck, their beaks would break in two. Nothing could hurt her anymore. After a while, she became invisible, queen of the ice. Silence was her language, and her heart had turned a perfect pale silver color. It was so hard nothing could shatter it. Not even stones.