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***Blackbird House

by Alice Hoffman

Reviewed May 12, 2005.
Doubleday, New York, 2004.  225 pages.

Instead of a traditional novel about one person or family, BlackbirdHouse is a sequence of stories about the different people andfamilies who have lived at Blackbird House on the coast of Maine overthe course of the centuries.

The first woman who lived in the house lost her husband and sons to thesea.  The stories that follow are haunting, eerie.  They’retales of love and loss, of betrayal, of lost innocence.  They’restories of the funny turns life can take and of coming home again whenyou need it.

Blackbird House isn’t shown as a happy place by any stretch of theimagination.  But it’s a house where life happens, with all itsamazing twists.

Reviews of other books by Alice Hoffman:
The Story Sisters
The Probable Future
The Foretelling
Nightbird

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