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Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman

Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman

1991, January 1
2016, January 5

In the 25 years since I first read this, I confess I'd gotten a little vague on the details. Long Island suburban witch, I recalled correctly, but the two boys had become two girls in my mind, probably conflated with the movie Mermaids. I thought there was a lot more magic. And oddly, 25 years ago I didn't notice that Hoffman used "witch" as a sort of substitute for "slut": not in the shaming sense of promiscuous, but in the vague way that any young woman with autonomy, and agency, and sexuality (or even just visible boobs) gets called "slut" in middle school.

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