The acclaimed first novel by Alice Hoffman, a "marvelous writer with a painter's eye" (Washington Post Book World), Property Of is about a young girl fearlessly in love with a gang leader but afraid of losing herself in his world.
When it was first published in 1977, Kirkus Reviews described Property Of as "that precious commodity, the first novel of great promise."
In telling the story of a young outsider who is obsessed with her gang-leader lover but unwilling to commit to becoming one of "the Property of the Orphans"--the tough girls who belong to the boys on the avenue--Alice Hoffman explores hard truths about how difficult it is to love another, and yet how much more difficult it is to pull away.
“Like Anne Tyler, Hoffman spins a story enchantingly, with the undeniable force and vividness of a dream.” —Ms.
“She is a born storyteller.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman, able to count on many pleasures. She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists.” —Jane Smiley, USA Today