"The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales.
From the towns founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyones life is a garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look. The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.
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"Starred Review. In gloriously sensuous, suspenseful, mystical, tragic, and redemptive episodes, Hoffman subtly alters her language, from an almost biblical voice to increasingly nuanced and intricate prose reflecting the burgeoning social and psychological complexities her passionate and searching characters face in an ever-changing world." - Booklist
"Fans of Hoffmans brand of mystical whimsy will find this paean to New England one of her most satisfying." - Kirkus Review
"Starred Review. ... [A] compelling collection of fairy tales suffused with pathos and brightened by flashes of magic. Her fans ... will be enchanted." - Library Journal
"The prose is beautiful, the characters drawn sparsely but with great compassion." - Publishers Weekly
"Each episode in The Red Garden is a marvel - there isn't a disappointing one in the bunch." - Entertainment Weekly
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long
Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi
University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees
Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she
attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently
lives in Boston and New York.
Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter by Farrar Straus and Giroux. She credits her mentor, professor and writer Albert J. Guerard, and his wife, the writer Maclin Bocock Guerard, for helping her to publish her first short story in the magazine Fiction. Editor...
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