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The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
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Mar 24, 2012

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Alice Hoffman’s book, “The Red Garden” is a series of short stories about the mythical town of Blackwell Massachusetts from its founding as Bearsville in 1750 to sometime around 1990. The stories loosely follow the founding family’s descendants, weaving the magic of everyday life with the folk magic Ms. Hoffman is so well known for. She captures the feeling both of belonging and of not quite fitting in – I would call it angst, or sometimes even weltschmertz (thank you “30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary”) – that is such a large part of small town life in particular, and of the human experience in general. I did not love this book, perhaps because it did not transport me away as I love to be taken by a good book, but I do respect it because Ms. Hoffman writes so beautifully and insightfully about the way her characters see themselves, and how these perceptions become the boundaries of the lives they choose for themselves.

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