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The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell Massachusetts capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives In exuisite prose 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 where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actionsFrom the town's 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 with only his dog for company the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate 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 arrivesAt the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow and where the truth can be found by those who dare to lookBeautifully crafted shimmering with magic The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving


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    Hoffman is in familiar magical turf in this collection of charming and engaging if not always happy stories The unifying core is the history of a town from founding as Bearsville which includes a very significant nod to Romulus and Remus to present Blackwell MA and particularly with a special garden behind the founder’s house the Red Garden of the title It has some lightly magical properties There are mythical figures to be seen here as well as spirits some folks who are of questionable species people with craft y skills people who have been damaged by the world and those with a drive to wander Bears figure prominently both as a source of comfort and danger Although there are dark doings in some of the stories I found them overall delightful Alice Hoffman image fr0m the Early Bird BooksHoffman is a big fan of fairy tales and many of the stories here would fit quite nicely into that genre There are plenty of classic references as well from a Tree of Life to elements of the founding of Rome and recent lore such as Johnny Appleseed And any garden must of course refer back to the first one This is a plot rich with literary and cultural references and those who enjoy digging in such soil will emerge with happily muddy hands Through all is a fascination with our attachment to the land The Tree of Life stands in nicely for the life giving roots the Red Garden’s characters grow in their home The red of the primal garden flows through several of the stories in which objects with a source in or touched by the garden take on the color There are nods toward transcendentalism with characters finding solace only when communing with nature Some shapes are even shifted Characters flow from one story into the next which proceed in chronological order children in a story appear as adults in a later one Characters who die early may appear as spirits later One gripe I have with the book is that the characters are often very engaging and it was disappointing to have to leave their side after only a few pages I was delighted by The Red Garden Alice Hoffman always offers a good read and I found this one better than mostEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal and FB pagesOther Hoffman books I have reviewed Local Girls Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice Queen The Dovekeepers The Rules of Magic