The Hoffman Affairs

A Novel

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Pub Date 30 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2023
BETH SCHORR JAFFE, R.Becker Press

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Description

While searching the Montmartre Cemetery for his lost father’s grave, Henri Hoffman, a Parisian boy of eleven, meets an orphaned German teenager named Monika. Alone, Henri allows the homeless girl to reside with him, and the two struggle together in occupied Paris from 1942-1945. Eight years after liberation, along with their toddler, Jacqueline, the couple joins Henri’s cousin, Manny Hoffman, an ex-GI, in New York City, where they’re welcomed in by his close-knit, gentle family—Manny’s wife, spinster sisters, and aspiring-actress niece. As the years wear on, the family fractures as familial relationships are sabotaged by the traumatic brutality of a haunted past—a past that, by the 1960s, is feeding on the destruction of new generations.

Will the wounds of war continue to drive the Hoffman family into the darkness of repression, manipulation, and abuse—or will they wake from their post-war fugue and rise above their individual tragedies before more children die?


While searching the Montmartre Cemetery for his lost father’s grave, Henri Hoffman, a Parisian boy of eleven, meets an orphaned German teenager named Monika. Alone, Henri allows the homeless girl to...


Advance Praise

Advance Review:

…Both its dialogue and its descriptions serve to advance the plot and deepen complex characters. Its use of first person perspective serves the tale well.

 …the strong dialogue helps flesh out the motivations of the characters who don’t always seem to act thoughtfully. Characters are believably crafted, as they make difficult choices in the challenging context of the war... {The Hoffman Affairs} is a hopeful generational family saga that deals with the ethical challenges of war and the everyday challenges of life for those fortunate enough to survive it. Clarion Review/ Forward Magazine


Advance Review:

…Both its dialogue and its descriptions serve to advance the plot and deepen complex characters. Its use of first person perspective serves the tale well.

…the strong dialogue...


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