The Red Garden
Title: The Red Garden
Author: Alice Hoffman
In the mid 1700s, Hallie Brady, hopelessly married to a fool, finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere with a few other families. For shelter from the oncoming winter, the group digs in and Hallie becomes the founder of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Over the centuries, the people and landscape of Blackwell have changed but the red garden, the land where Hallie’s house originally stood, has endured.
“Hoffman’s characters are always moving back and forth, challenging our perceptions, daring us to judge them.”—New York Times Book Review
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 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, 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 everyone’s 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.