The End of Her

  • Author Wayne Hoffman
  • Narrator Tim Getman
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 9 hours and 24 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Memoirs.

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What to expect

Who was behind the brutal murder of my great-grandmother? wondered Wayne Hoffman, a New York City–based journalist and novelist. The crime wasn’t just a family legend—it made headlines across Canada in 1913—but her killer had never been found. In The End of Her, Hoffman meticulously researches this century-old tragedy, while facing another: his mother’s decline from Alzheimer’s.

Weaving back and forth between past and present, Hoffman invokes in dramatic detail the life and death of his immigrant great-grandmother in Winnipeg’s Hebrew Colony, and his mother’s downward spiral. In the process, he discovers an extended family that has been scattered across thousands of miles for a hundred years.

Critics Review

  • “This is a unique addition to the cold case subgenre, and a powerful mix of true crime and family memoir.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “This is one of those rare, fine books that gives you two of the dearest gifts in literature: a story so consuming you forget time, and an author with the gift to spin, from these supposedly ordinary lives, a profound chronicle of identity, family, memory, and love—and suspense, too.”

    Boris Fishman, author of Savage Feast

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