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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Laura Hicks, Kate Reading, Carrington MacDuffie, Kirsten Potter, John Lee, Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate, Paul Michael Garcia, Bernadette Dunne, Tavia Gilbert, Cassandra Campbell, Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With “incantatory prose” that “sweeps over the reader like a dream” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist 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.

From the writer that Time has said tells “truths powerful enough to break a reader’s heart” comes a glorious travelogue through time and fate, through loss and love and survival. Welcome to Blackbird House.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.”


  • “Riveting…haunting…masterful.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • 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

  • “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

  • “A New England historical patchwork, a literary museum…Hoffman creates many charming and intriguing people and events to carry her tale.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[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

  • “Complex and intriguing…Hoffman’s blend of myth and local history is beguiling and uplifting.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Hoffman does everything right in these lyrical stories, rich with metaphor and meaning.”

    Orlando 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

  • “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)

  • “Twelve lush and lilting interconnected stories…Hoffman’s lyrical prose weaves an undeniable spell.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This full-cast recording is the perfect production for Alice Hoffman’s linked stories of life on a two-hundred-year-old Cape Cod farm. The stories farthest removed from us in time are the most magical in genre…Hoffman fans should be delighted.”


  • “[A] deeply moving achievement of lyric power.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “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.”


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