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''[I]t certainly seems as though [Hoffman's] entrancing and mythological tales flow like water from a spring, and her new book is no exception....As the stories leapfrog from colonial times toward the present, Hoffman, a subtle conjurer of telling details and ironic predicaments, orchestrates intense romances and profound sacrifices. Those who live in Blackbird House, by turns brilliant, crazy, and courageous, follow their dreams, endure nightmares, and find that their numinous home is as much a part of their being as their parents' DNA.'' --Booklist (American Library Association)

''Twelve lush and lilting interconnected stories . . . Hoffman's lyrical prose weaves an undeniable spell.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

''The landscape Alice Hoffman displays in Blackbird House is its own world altogether . . . Here the relationship of the characters to their surroundings is seen as a kind of magical bond, expressed in language that is both eerie and beautiful.'' --New York Times Book Review

''The stories of Blackbird House are sharp and imbued with magic. Hoffman peels away layers of time, painstakingly sifting through two centuries to expose all that can occur by one field of pink sweet peas at the end of the world.'' --USA Today

''Alice Hoffman's writing is spellbinding and not simply because of her touches of magic realism: Her unembellished prose and primary-colored descriptions recall the directness of fairy tales.'' --Wall Street Journal

''Sweet, sad, touching, and most of all, vibrantly real . . . Each tale stays true to Hoffman's form, infused with descriptions of nature, rich emotion, and life's complexity - each, like a fairy tale, mysterious, bewitching, and wonderful.'' --Elle

Lush, figurative language evokes epics, ballads, odes, and fairy tales. Human destiny is determined less by individual initiative or moral choice than by fate. To survive and thrive, one must pay heed, one must be attentive to season, history, spirit.'' --Boston Globe

''[Hoffman's] prose can cast a spell upon even the most stoic of souls, pulling them into [her] reality as easily as the tides claiming unwary swimmers . . . Storytelling doesn't get any better.'' --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

''The stories showcase Hoffman's own magical powers of description, demonstrated here by vivid evocations of the lush natural world that springs, almost miraculously, from the sparse and sandy soil.'' --Hartford Courant

''Hoffman does everything right in these lyrical stories, rich with metaphor and meaning.'' --Orlando Sentinel

''Complex and intriguing . . . Hoffman's blend of myth and local history is beguiling and uplifting.'' --Baltimore Sun

''A New England historical patchwork, a literary museum . . . Hoffman creates many charming and intriguing people and events to carry her tale.'' --San Francisco Chronicle

''Exquisite . . . Hoffman captures perfectly the power of place, the pull that a land and a house can exert on the imagination and the heart.'' --Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

''Blackbird House is filled with symbols of the strongest human emotions - hope, devotion, anger, pain. And these are described as beautifully and simply as nature itself.'' --San Jose Mercury News

''Perhaps Hoffman writes so confidently about magical occurrences because her fecund and radiant creativity is itself a form of magic. It certainly seems as though her entrancing and mythological tales flow like water from a spring . . . As the stories leapfrog from colonial times toward the present, Hoffman, a subtle conjurer of telling details and ironic predicaments, orchestrates intense romances and profound sacrifices.'' --Booklist

About the Author

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City in 1952 and grew up on Long Island. Hoffman's first novel, Property Of, was written when she was twenty-one. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Here on Earth was an Oprah Book Club choice. Her novel ''Practical Magic'' was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel ''Aquamarine'' was made into a movie in 2006. She lives in Boston and New York.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1483021106
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1483021102
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.6 ounces
  • Customer Reviews:
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Alice Hoffman is the author of thirty works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Red Garden, The Dovekeepers and, most recently,The Museum of Extraordinary Things. She lives in Boston. Visit her website: www.alicehoffman.com

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