Sunday, April 8, 2007

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman


Blackbird House traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.
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.
Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us. 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.

2 comments:

Enjah said...

I am reading Blackbird House now, and I am finding the vignettes charming and magical ... like Practical Magic, which I enjoyed quite a lot.

Enjah said...

I am nearly finished with the book now. Very satisfying stories, condensed to bring in a lot of generations without a lot of detail. Interesting!