I usually read any new book from Alice Hoffman, though some of her work is a bit too mystical for me. Her newest one, The Red Garden, is just right for my taste.
Through a series of linked stories spanning 200 years, she recounts the history of Blackwell, a small town in rural Massachusetts. The novel opens with the arrival of the first settlers, with the focus on Hallie, a pragmatic English woman. Each story builds on the previous one with a wide range of characters, including the ghost of a young girl who drowns in the river but remains in the town’s consciousness.
Critics have called it “among her recent best.” I agree.
The Red Garden