Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Art Teacher Reads: June Book club book- The Red Garden
Our group was mostly thrilled to be reading the magical fiction genre group of short stories that are so interestingly related. The stories are linked by the history of one town, Blackwell, Mass., and revolves around 4 families that originally populated the town. There are a few famous people that wander through the story-line, along with a little magic. It was a great summer book, and I recommend it to anyone who can suspend their grip on "reality" and go with the flow.
The book explores the various families as they interact and intermingle, connected by the town, the Eel River, the bears and other non-human characters that repeat through the chapters. We had a great discussion about how we know our local history through the lens of our own small point in time, not being aware of the possible close connections we have to our ancestors and past citizens that are from more than a generation ago. Makes me think about the meaning of tradition- which is honored by those trying to pass it along and devalued by those who don't understand.
I recommend this book and indeed any by Alice Hoffman if you are not hampered by the need for reality!
Until next time, be a joy giver!!
What book have you read lately?