Blackbird House Author:Alice Hoffman From the great May storm in 1778, when John Hadley and his sons slip the British blockade off the coast of Massachusetts, the lives of the inhabitants of the wooden farmhouse on the cape, stranded amid fields of sweet peas and wild fruit vines and red pear trees, coil and weave around each other, right up to the present. You Isaac Hadley is mor... more »e interested in his pet blackbird and the star charts in The Practical Navigator than in helping to build the house; and Violet, a centnury later, with her stained face and her own ghostly bird, read the same book, and finds that it's easy enough to trick a learned man, though harder to catch one... Larkin HOward is ready to sell his soul to buy the farm, but meets a woman who hears the whales cry onn the beach; while in another cenntury the young Farrell boy see more than he should on a snowy night...annd the pond at the back is still dark and unforgiving beneath its deceptively golden lilies.
By the 1950's, the farmhouse is part of a community of steady men and wayward boys, and women who make jam but still feel the ghostly breath of Cora Hadley, with her green fingers. As a second century draws to a close and summer visitors from the cities take over the countryside, the house can barely hold all its ghosts, but the tragedies are not over...
Gripping and poignant, a dazzling fictional achievement from a favourite novelist, this is the irresistible story of a house, its inhabitants, its history, and the ghosts that haunt a spit of land.
Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of many successful novels and screenplays, including Here on Earth (Oprah Book Club Choice in 1998), Illumination Nights, Turtle Moon, Practical Magic (made into a recent major film), Local Girls, The River King, Blue Diary and The Probable Future (all available in Vintage). She lives in Massachusetts.« less