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The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
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May 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: audio-books
Read from May 11 to 24, 2011

My 1 word review of this book: Melancholy

I really struggled to get through it. Not because Hoffman is a poor writer, but because I found myself not wanting to listen to such a downer of a story. I could only handle it in small doses. Each story was filled with sadness, or anger, or violence, or betrayal, or loss; filled with lying and people feeling trapped or unable to be who they knew they were deep down. It's not that I need my books to be 100% happy 100% of the time, but a book filled to the brim with negativity just wasn't enjoyable.

What I DID like: The 'layout' of the book. The town was the main character, and each story allowed us to see how the town & its people were changing throughout the 300 years that the book spans. I could draw a mental family tree, tracking the lineage of the town's first settlers all through the years. Hoffman did a wonderful job of keeping that thread of continuity in tact, so that the stories were connected just enough for the book to feel like 1 whole, instead of several pieces.
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message 1: by Connie (new)

Connie Grover I am a diehard Alice Hoffman fan, but The Red Garden was a real disappointment to me. I didn't feel like the author put the time and effort into the writing that I find in her other books.

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