Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Red Garden

Place. I can’t recall reading anything that’s quite like Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden. This book is a collection of connected stories in which the shared protagonist is a place: a garden in the town of Blackwell, Massachusetts. People come and go over more than 200 years, and this garden continues to produce only red plants. The characters in each story are striking, and Hoffman’s imagination makes some of the stories magical or mystical in tone and content. Readers who like short and lyrical fiction are those most likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Three-star (Recommended) Click here to purchase The Red Garden from

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