Blackbird House

Blackbird House

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
An evocative, episodic novel by the author of Practical Magic presents a series of interlinking stories that capture the lives and fortunes of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over the course of two centuries. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Alice Hoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm on the outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as the characters we meet: Violet, a brilliant girl who is in love with books and with a man destined to betray her; Lysander Wynn, attacked by a halibut as big as a horse, certain that his life is ruined until a boarder wearing red boots arrives to change everything; Maya Cooper, who does not understand the true meaning of the love between her mother and father until it is nearly too late. From the time of the British occupation of Massachusetts to our own modern world, family after family's lives are inexorably changed, not only by the people they love but by the lives they lead inside Blackbird House.
These interconnected narratives are as intelligent as they are haunting, as luminous as they are unusual. Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the one lasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains contained inside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspired beauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a series of interlinking stories that capture the lives and fortunes of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over the course of two centuries.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385507615
0385507615
Branch Call Number: F HOF
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 22 cm

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MPHPLensie
Apr 21, 2015

This is the kind of book you want to have 9 hours to yourself to listen or read. The journey through time is exquisite.

JCLHannahJaneC Mar 08, 2013

At first I couldn't get into this book. As much as I love short stories I struggled with the first few glimpses into the house. I felt like I was being tugged away before I was ready. But as I kept reading, the book just swallowed me up until I became the house, enduring the secrets of so many lives. The saturation of magic realism, at times constrictive and weighty, eventually lured me in and weakened my doubts.

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cmwallsm
Feb 07, 2012

Not Hoffman's best. Felt a little melancholic to me. The Red Garden and The Story Sisters were both so enjoyable and in reading other titles by this author I've been less impressed.

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