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Publisher Description

From the author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Rules of Magic comes a transfixing glimpse into a small American town where a mysterious, magical garden holds the truth behind three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption.
“[A] dreamy, fabulist series of connected stories . . . [These] tales, with their tight, soft focus on America, cast their own spell.”—The Washington Post

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. 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 with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate 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 mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Beautifully crafted and shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.

Fiction & Literature
January 25
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Breeze + Catch ,


This is a fantastic book that weaves a wonderful narrative of a town and family throughout several generations.

Mac-Chick ,

Wonderful read

I tend to either love or dislike Alice Hoffman books and this one I loved! I think she does a magnificent job in weaving in different stories and timelines so that you can see how characters and cities and times have evolved. This book reminds me of how The Blackbird House is written and I loved that one as well. The characters were believable in all their strengths and weaknesses, hate and kindness. I definitely recommend the book if you like historical pieces.

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