The Red Garden

Written by:
Alice Hoffman
Narrated by:
Nancy Travis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2011
7 hours 19 minutes
“Hoffman’s characters are always moving back and forth, challenging our perceptions, daring us to judge them.”—New York Times Book Review

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales.

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, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a 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 garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look. The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.
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Note to author: If you don't have a good story, stop writing! This was one of the worst books I've read/listened to. If this were her first, she'd not have gotten it published. Life is short - pass this one by.

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Peggy Stortz

The Red Garden is a series of short stories loosely connected as a series of generations who live in the same town. Many of the tales were the same story, falling madly in love and having a brief affair which results in a child. I was disappointed.

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This was my 2nd Alice Hoffman novel, and it could not have been more different than "The Dovekeeper". Seriously, apples and oranges. "The Red Garden" was amazing. Charming, mysterious, heart-rending, rustic, complex. This book evoked so many emotions in me, at times I was completely overcome and had to turn it off so my mascara would not be smeared when I got to work. One of my new favorite books of all time.

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