"The lush and haunted wildlandsof Massachusetts provide fertile ground for Hoffman’s endlessly flowering imagination....In gloriously sensuous, suspenseful, mystical, tragic,and redemptive episodes, Hoffman subtly altersher language, froman almost biblical voiceto increasingly nuancedand intricate prose reflectingthe burgeoning social and psychological complexities her passionate and searching characters facein an ever-changing world." —Booklist , starred review "Fansof Hoffman’s brandof mystical whimsy will find this paean to New England oneof her most satisfying." —Kirkus Review "Thenovel moves forward in linked stories, each building on (but not following from) the previous and focusing on a wide range of chracters....Theresult is a certain ethereal detachment as Hoffman’sdeft magical realism ties one woman’sstory to the next even when they themselves are not aware of the connection. The prose is beautiful, the characters drawn sparsely but with great compassion." —Publishers Weekly
Shelfari edited the description of The Red Garden Wednesday, October 27, 2010.