Monday, March 7, 2011

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

The Red Garden begins in 1750 with the founding of the rural Massachusetts town Blackwell/ Bearsville. Hallie Brady loves Nature and befriends a bear... Thanks to the resourceful Hallie, who saves the settlers from starvation during the harsh winter expedition when everyone including her husband William has given up.
Why does Hallie's garden have blood red soil and every plant grow into the color red? Hoffman has spun 14 interlocking stories tying them with history and the intricate web of Nature with the descendants of the first settlers to the present. It is a haunting yet magical read.

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