So Much Pretty Review
Cara Hoffman’s debut novel, So Much Pretty, is an extraordinarily smart and beautifully written page turner. This suspenseful and highly charged story is of a young woman, Wendy White, who goes missing in the rural town of Haeden in upstate New York. Stacey Flynn, a transplanted reporter from Cleveland, clashes with local townspeople whom she believes know more than they’re saying. Alice Piper is the precocious young daughter of transplanted hippies whose idealized dream of country living comes crashing down around them. In no time at all, White’s disappearance turns to tragedy and the Piper family is forever changed. Hoffman passionately blends the issue of violence against women that lurks unacknowledged at the dark edges of our culture with a narrative that paints a grim picture of any-town America. Hoffman’s literary voice is a force and this novel will leave you reeling.
Simon & Schuster, 2011