In a floundering 1980s papermill town, awkward widower Floyd Hoffman holds a secret that draws contempt from his teenage son.
As tensions rise, Floyd retreats into the past, reliving his tumultuous marriage to Bonnie, a manically-depressed first love whose passion drew him out of his reclusiveness. When his son dies suddenly from the same environmental cancer that claimed Bonnie, Floyd’s life falls apart. He loses himself in the pursuit of justice against the reckless papermill responsible for his family’s demise.
In the midst of his grief, destitute teenager Tammy King appears on his doorstep along with her baby, the result of a clandestine affair with Floyd’s son. While Floyd dreams of family redemption through his grandson, Tammy forges her own plans for an independent future.
The Last Hoffman is a story about the reverberation of family secrets. It will renew your faith in second chances.
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What readers are saying about The Last Hoffman:
“For all the novel features characters that are alone, it is a story driven by human connections. (…) With vivid descriptions, natural dialogue and in-depth characterization, Tuinman compels us to look beyond the surface.” Historical Novel Society
“Gwen Tuinman explores timeless issues that are as relevant today as they were in the past: environmental, social isolation, and mental illness. This is a beautifully written novel about a quiet man who is tested and discovers his courage.”
A reader from Canada
“Tuinman slips seamlessly between diverse eras, locations and points-of-view. The Last Hoffman demonstrates the difficulty of knowing when to keep a promise, when to hang on and when to let go.”
A reader from Panama
“There is so much to love about this book that it’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll try. Ms Tuinman’s prose is lyrical and she has a way of dropping the reader straight into the story. […] I went though many different emotions whilst reading this book, from anger to sadness to delight.”
A reader from England
“I Loved Your Book The Last Hoffman It is insightful and honest and a great read. So to all of my reader friends Gwen is writing about us. #CanLit at it’s finest.”
A reader from Ireland