With "incantatory prose" that "sweeps over the reader like adream" (Philadelphia Inquirer),Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future with anevocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an oldMassachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.
In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist AliceHoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm onthe outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as thecharacters we meet: Violet, a brilliant girl who is in love with books and witha man destined to betray her; Lysander Wynn, attacked by a halibut as big as ahorse, certain that his life is ruined until a boarder wearing red boots arrivesto change everything; Maya Cooper, who does not understand the true meaning ofthe love between her mother and father until it is nearly too late. From thetime of the British occupation of Massachusetts to our own modern world, familyafter family's lives are inexorably changed, not only by the people they lovebut by the lives they lead inside Blackbird House.
These interconnected narratives are as intelligent as theyare haunting, as luminous as they are unusual. Inside Blackbird House more thana dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the onelasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains containedinside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspiredbeauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.
From the writer that Time has said tells "truths powerfulenough to break a reader's heart" comes a glorious travelogue through time andfate, through loss and love and survival. Welcome to Blackbird House.