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.