The Promise of the Pelican: A Novel
A retired defense attorney in Alabama — a child Holocaust survivor — defends a young Honduran man accused of murder. Their lives, their families, their fates, intertwine.
“So much more than a suspenseful murder mystery. Roy Hoffman makes the reader care deeply about all the verities: courage, justice love. A thrilling novel, with characters as memorable as those of Shakespearean tragedy…I could not put it down.” –Sena Jeter Naslund
The stories of three women and the men they love come together in this novel, set on the 21st C. Mississippi Gulf Coast, of war and hurricanes, loss and renewal (formats: print, Kindle, Nook)
Frye Gaillard on “Come Landfall”: This powerful novel of love and loss is Roy Hoffman at his finest. First as a journalist, and now as a consummate writer of fiction, he has sketched the life of his native South in colors more vivid than black and white. Against the backdrop of three American wars, Hoffman writes of immigrants new to our shores, and wounds and memories that all of us share. The compelling characters of Come Landfall lead us—painfully, often bravely—through the haunted geography of the heart.
Chicken Dreaming Corn:
In this novel Eastern European Jews journey to early 1900s Alabama to make a new home among newcomers from all over the world (formats: print, Kindle, Nook, audiobook through Amazon or audible.com)
Harper Lee on “Chicken Dreaming Corn”: Read this novel to find, from Europe and the past, characters who represent some of the best aspects of our Southern heritage. A story of great appeal in prose lean and clean. Congratulations to Roy Hoffman for his fine work.
A collection of thirty-two word portraits of remarkable folks, famous and obscure, who’ve led fascinating lives and offer memorable tales (formats: print, Kindle, Nook)
John Sledge on “Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations:” Beautifully crafted, absorbing and moving … a remarkable panoply of humane voices.
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A native son returns south to settle after twenty years in New York City and, through literary journalism and personal essay, chronicles what’s changed, and what’s stayed the the same (formats: print)
Rick Bragg on “Back Home: Journeys Through Mobile”: Roy Hoffman not only opens the door on a people and their history, but tells us a mighty fine story in the process.
A novel of two women, one Jewish, one black, their families, and their shifting relationship as employer-employee sharing cups of coffee over 30 years, against the backdrop of the civil rights era South (formats: print)
Jonathan Yardley on “Almost Family”: Hoffman has got it all exactly right: the interlocking of individual lives and great public events that made every Southerner feel as though he or she were living on the very edge of history.