The Red Garden

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New York Times bestseller

The Red Garden presents us with the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts as it captures the unexpected turns in history and in our own lives.

Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is a transforming glimpse into small town America, presenting us with 300 years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty and redemption in a web of tales where characters lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.

From the time the town is founded by a brave, young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or of 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 solider who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a historical character who is fiercely human, 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 an extraordinary garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.

Hoffman once again enchants us as lives are linked, changed, and redeemed. Delightful and compelling, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.


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“Achingly lovely… In lean, hypnotic prose, Hoffman constructs a post-apocalyptic fairy tale leavened with hop.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Beautifully written… This is both a survival story and an homage to the need to cherish life’s every moment.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“Hoffman writes in lyrical, stripped down poetry that distills both magic and elemental experience into essential, unforgettable words.”