The Marriage of Opposites

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alice Hoffman
Narrator: Tina Benko , Gloria Reuben
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: August 2015
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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“A luminous, Marquez-esque tale” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

“A work of art” (Dallas Morning News), The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved, bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers. “Her lush, seductive prose, and heart-pounding subject…make this latest skinny-dip in enchanted realism…the Platonic ideal of the beach read” ( Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frédérick “will only renew your commitment to Hoffman’s astonishing storytelling” (USA TODAY).

Reviews (7)


Written by Sandra T. on November 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Lovely descriptions, well developed characters, entertaining of plots and sub plots worked well! I enjoyed it all.

Written by Laura R. on November 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Most of the book was really enticing, but the combination of the first narrator’s voice and a drawn out description made the first part difficult for us to stay awake during.

Written by Kristin M on July 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had a hard time getting into this one. I found the first narrator distracting. I am glad I stuck with it - good story and characters.

Written by Susan Patz on November 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wonderfully told story. Enjoyed Hoffman's characters and was engrossed from the start

Written by Katherine Chargin on May 20th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It took me quite a while to get interested in the story, though there were great parts here and there. For me the main problem was the initial reader -- I really disliked her style: she seemed too phony, stylized, stilted, and pompous. Sorry Tina, but I really did not like your work on this one. I've never read Alice Hoffman and not sure I ever will based on this. The other two narrators were fine.

Written by alice greene on November 30th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Got a little tedious Interesting historical topic. Enjoyed most of it

Written by Danica Ramgoolam on August 27th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Beautifully written and narrated. I loved this book and would recommend it to lovers of Alice Hoffman it is one of her best!!

Author Details

Author Details

Hoffman, Alice

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of nearly twenty acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, including Aquamarine and Practical Magic, both made into major motion pictures, as well as The Foretelling, Green Angel, The Ice Queen, and Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection). She has also written the highly praised story collections Local Girls and Blackbird House. The author lives outside of Boston.