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By Alice Hoffman

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.


  • I’ve read at least 5 times

    By Stinkycute
    This book is amazing! It walks you through the PTSD of surviving an intense car wreck. Alice has done a wonderful job of taking us on a journey through this book!
  • Powerful!

    By MiamiCarole
    This is a book about love, redemption and forgiveness. All gifts we need to bestow on ourselves and on others.
  • My New Favorite Book

    By gillian leigh
    I stumbled upon this book and ended up finishing it in one day. It is perfect for anyone who is or knows someone who is having a hard time in their late teens to late twenties; whether that be a daughter, a parent, a boyfriend, or a young man. It makes you feel normal and gives you hope. Amazing book.
  • Relatable for Many Situations

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    4.5 stars This is a great story for mature teens and adults in my opinion. The main character goes through bits of those stages of her life during this book. It highlights how some things and people will affect you forever and how some things and people will not remain the focus of your life. It shows how a person can change everything around and how pain and joy come and go. The lead is in a tragic accident, which stops her from moving forward. After trying to end it, she has to reset her life. She slowly heals and finds her path. Really, it’s hard to sum up this story because I can’t explain the depth of life that takes place within its words. I definitely recommend this book.
  • Amazing.

    By Tammy Brumm
    Another incredible book from my favorite author. Superbly written, this novel made me laugh and cry.
  • Faithful

    By #FreeBird
    Made me laugh - made me cry - one of the best books that I've read in years!
  • Unforgettable!

    By pegg12
    Faithful is a remarkably well-written, complex character-driven novel. Right from the start, the reader is brought intimately into the heart and mind of a troubled teen, suffering from survivor guilt. Shelby and Helene were the best of friends. They were inseparable until one night when Shelby’s car spun out of control, and Helene ended up in a coma. After a brief psychiatric hospitalization, seventeen-year-old Shelby shaved her head, isolated in the basement, smoked pot, and basically, gave up on life. Although Shelby did her best to keep people at arm’s length, she was amazed to find, that they were still, drawn to her. She hated herself and often came across as a tough street girl, someone not to be messed with. Shelby had a kind heart; however, and a soft spot for abused animals and homeless people. She would go out of her way to help them. Someone was placing artistic postcards with encouraging messages in her mailbox. She called this mysterious someone, her angel. Shelby does eventually find her way in the world, but not before she nearly destroys herself in the process. Each page is filled, with raw emotion, realistic dialogue, and flawed characters. Although this book can be intensely depressing at times, I found it to be also inspirational. There is a lot of hope; unconditional love and touching moments sprinkled throughout the dark pages of this book. Faithful is a story about penance, redemption, and unconditional love. It is also unforgettable. I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.