blog The titular garden grows plants that inevitably turn red for reasons that the reader knows, but not the inhabitants. Bears are a recurring motif, as are bees and eels in the river. The men are often confused, aimless, seeking a direction in life that many of them find in the blog wilderness of the nearby mountain. Founded by a woman so tough and determined that she milks a bear to keep the settlers alive, the town remains home to strong-willed women who either choose duty over love, or find love's solace fleeting.
The continuing character is Blackwell, a Massachusetts town that she tracks from its settling in 1750 through the present day. The individual tales stand more or less on their own, but blog the cumulative effect is much more novelistic. The Red Garden is something new from her: a book pitched somewhere between a short story collection and a novel. She crafts delicate stories that always seem on the verge of wafting away until they come back to earth with some devastating, perfect detail blog.