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Book review: 'The Red Garden' by Alice Hoffman
Book review: 'The Red Garden' by Alice Hoffman

The Red Garden A Novel Alice Hoffman Crown: 275 pp., $25 "The Red Garden" is a fantastical history of Blackwell, Mass., from 1750 to the present, replete with intermarried families, melancholic bears and altruistic mermaids. If you have trouble with bears and mermaids, this just isn't your kind of book, for Alice Hoffman is a star in the burgeoning field of fairy-tale literary fiction. A novel-in-stories, "The Red Garden" presents fables in dated, chronological order, beginning with William Brady's catastrophic expedition to the Berkshire frontier — "He led them in circles for the full month of October … fumbling through the wilderness...

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