Emily Crawford a young American wife and mother seeks a long-overdue self-respect in this absorbing and dramatic portrait of an expatriate family experi­encing life in an exotic Arab culture at the start of the 1960s. Revelatory episodes unfold against the enter­tainments of the well-to-do and influential among the lives of ordinary citizens and during explorations of ancient cities in the Holy Land and beyond.
Mary Hoffman Apple of Sodom
World traveler Mary Hoffman who makes her home in central Ohio is a liberal arts graduate of Ohio State University the institution she served for many years as program director and on-air presence for WOSU-FM known then as "Classical 89.7." She also enjoyed ten years of freelance con­cert reviewing and occasional travel writing for the Columbus Dispatch.
"Like a Bird Apple of Sodom Soars to New Heights... Mary Hoffman's Apple of Sodom artfully and sensitively captures the essence of the modern woman. I initially think I'm reading a contemporary version of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. I quickly realize there are more layers to this story. Emily and her three young children relocate to Jordan to live with Philip their husband and father. While there they undergo a series of events that threaten to break them apart. As the novel develops Emily and Philip's marriage is under duress. Unlike Edna Pontellier in The Awakening whose only resolve is to commit suicide rather than stay in a loveless marriage Emily is not willing to die-to her needs her wants her desire. Hoffman brilliantly keeps readers on their toes in a way that is pleasing terrifying and surprising. Apple of Sodom truly is a journey of an American woman in a foreign land where Emily no longer a caged bird finds the strength to soar." - Adele N. Nichols
"Mary Hoffman's Apple of Sodom grows temptation ardor and doubt cultivated in poetic yet realistic descriptions of time and place. Woven in unpredictable small stories within the larger story of an unsettled marriage dark tones shadow bright days and a nervous hope for the female protagonist's future keeps us biting our nails until the end. Hoffman grabs our hearts as she reveals the fragility of an American family living in Jordan in the 1960's. Without sacrificing historical accuracy she welcomes us into the mind of Emily and through the dirt roads of Amman the walk is enchanting the shadows haunting. Hats off to Hoffman and her ambitious creation- a true gem shimmering above the sand." - Andrea Ruggeri