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The Red Garden

The Red GardenThe tale of Hallie Brady — one of the original founders of Blackwell, Mass., a scoop of a town in the Berkshire Mountains — is full of magic and...The Red GardenFictionThe tale of Hallie Brady — one of the original founders of Blackwell, Mass., a scoop of a town in the Berkshire Mountains — is full of magic and...2011-01-19Crown
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The Red Garden

Genre: Fiction; Author: Alice Hoffman; Status: In Season; Publisher: Crown

The tale of Hallie Brady — one of the original founders of Blackwell, Mass., a scoop of a town in the Berkshire Mountains — is full of magic and grit and tragedy. In a series of interlinked vignettes that begin with Hallie and span the village’s 1750 founding through the present day, Hoffman describes a people hauntingly connected to the land beneath their feet. Each episode in The Red Garden is a marvel — there isn’t a disappointing one in the bunch. But the cumulative oomph of Blackwell’s history is Hoffman’s real triumph. Time passes; a small town grows. Hallie’s descendants face different ordeals in the 21st century, but they are no less painful and exquisite. A

Originally posted January 19 2011 — 12:00 AM EST

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