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The Red Garden A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Alice Hoffman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307405974
ISBN-13: 9780307405975
Sku: 218858730
Publish Date: 8/2/2011
Pages:  287
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The town of Blackwell, Massachusetts changed its name in 1786. (from the first line)
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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 exquisite 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 actions.
     From 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 arrives.
     At 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 look.
     Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.


From the Hardcover edition.
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More than two and a half centuries of stories fill Alice Hoffman's THE RED GARDEN, beginning with the founding of the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts, where all the narratives take place. At the center of the town, and each of the 14 episodes, is a mysterious swath of blood-stained earth where all the plants grow red and from which flows the source of Blackwell's magical goings-on. From Johnny Appleseed to Civil War veterans to World War II nurses, the community is populated with travelers but also never far from the creatures of the wilderness, including eels in the river and bears in the woods.
Author Bio
Alice Hoffman
Hoffman is the daughter of a real estate salesman and a social worker. When they divorced, she was raised by her mother on Long Island. A voracious reader, Hoffman has had a lifelong interest in magic and fairy tales, and her reading has had an obvious effect on her own writing, which tends to incorporate fantasy and myth. She has a B.A. from Adelphi College and an M.F.A. from Stanford.

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"Does it matter what a book calls itself - novel or collection - as long as it's a ripping read, as THE RED GARDEN is?" - Lauren Groff 01/30/2011

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0287
Product attributePublisher:   Broadway Books
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