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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Nancy Travis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In exquisite prose, New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with three hundred years of passion, secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters’ lives are intertwined by fate.  

From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or 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 soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor; a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character; a poet who falls in love with a blind man; and a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyone’s life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.  

Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is moving.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hoffman makes the magic she writes about feel so real, as though I could at any moment, find myself in the town of Blackwell and the mysterious garden that bears only red fruit.”

    Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

  • “Hoffman’s characters are always moving back and forth, challenging our perceptions, daring us to judge them.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An absorbing portrait of a town, told through its unforgettable people.…Masterful.”


  • “Full of magic and grit and tragedy…Each episode is a marvel…painful and exquisite.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] dreamy, fabulist series of connected stories…These…tales, with their tight, soft focus on America, cast their own spell.”

    Washington Post

  • “The prose is beautiful, the characters drawn sparsely but with great compassion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hoffman has done it again, crafting a poignant, compelling collection of fairy tales suffused with pathos and brightened by flashes of magic. Her fans, as well as those of magical realism in general, will be enchanted.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In gloriously sensuous, suspenseful, mystical, tragic, and redemptive episodes, Hoffman subtly alters her language…reflecting the burgeoning social and psychological complexities her passionate and searching characters face in an ever-changing world.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Fans of Hoffman’s brand of mystical whimsy will find this paean to New England one of her most satisfying.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy Weir | 2/11/2014

    " This book just popped into my order by accident and with no warning for the the difficult days between it's order and delivery.... A one year check-up that went horribly wrong... hospital, forced coma .. ICU and finally back to regular hospital for two weeks. Exhausted and not even able to say WHAT went so wrong.. this book was here for me when I got home. And here for me during the next few days of healing and searching. The stories are magical (probably) but delivered with the friction of the finest weave of silk... The best medicine for me... Thank you for the enchantment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darci | 2/8/2014

    " This was good- it was neat to see all the stories entwined. (And FYI Towards the end language/incidents get kind of rough.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy Spencer | 1/10/2014

    " I would probably give this book a 7 on a scale of 1-10. I am not a fan of short stories, but the connection between these made it definitely worthwhile. I liked the sense of place that came thru; could have even been more in my opinion. But overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie Fingal | 1/8/2014

    " I have been a reader of her books since she started writing. She always weaves a magical element into her books. This one traced the history of a town and it's people. A little quirky, fun and sometimes sad. In some places it felt a little dis-jointed. I would have loved to have seen a family tree at the end of the book. "

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