Monday, October 27

Literary Libations: Blackbird House

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If you just finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you may need to read something beautiful and calming before diving into the second book of the series. Sometimes we need a break, something to erase our mind of any dark or grueling thoughts. An ideal candidate is Blackbird House, a novel by Alice Hoffman. So, grab a hot cocoa (yes, it's finally that time of year!), tuck yourself in, and prepare yourself for a world that is both magical and familiar.

Blackbird House follows the lives and stories of all the people who occupy this house over the course of 200 years, from the very first occupant who built it in a British occupied Massachusetts, to modern day. Under such a large lens we get to see how the choices people make and the ones that they love change their lives forever. The book reads like a long, stunning poem. It draws you in with each detail and yet it reminds you how fickle life can be with each changing inhabitant. The descriptions of nature are detailed enough to paint a portrait in your mind and the love and losses poignant enough to draw a tear. Nature and humans are so closely intertwined that you could not examine one without the other. 

I'll leave you with the last paragraphs of the book description: "These interconnected narratives are as intelligent as they are haunting, as luminous as they are unusual. Inside Blackbird House more than a dozen men and women learn how love transforms us and how it is the one lasting element in our lives. The past both dissipates and remains contained inside the rooms of Blackbird House, where there are terrible secrets, inspired beauty, and, above all else, a spirit of coming home.

"From the writer Time has said tells 'truths powerful enough to break a reader's heart' comes a glorious travelogue through time and fate, through loss and love and survival. Welcome to Blackbird House."


  1. The book sounds intriguing I will love to read it ,love nature and words that sound like a poem you got me curious.

  2. I haven't heard about this book before, but it sounds interesting :) I have to see if it's available in my country :)

  3. This sounds like a really interesting read. I just added to my growing book list. Are you on goodreads?

  4. Oh wow, that last paragraph is beautiful. Will put this book in my 'to-read' list...if ever little tyke allows me the time. LOL!

    Reflection of Sanity

  5. Wow this sounds like a beautiful book! And I love any book with some history! I will definitely have to check it out!

    <3 Shannon

  6. This book sounds interesting, i haven't heard about it though, might as well check it out, thanks for sharing <3

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  7. Sounds like a cool read- and definitely more calming than I've heard the Dragon series is! :) Sometimes a little break between books does you good!

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  8. I bet their stories are fascinating! It sounds like an amazing book Lauren.

  9. Wow! This looks like something I would love! My parents actually live in a house that's one of the oldest in the county built around the Revolutionary War, so a story like this would have special place in my heart. I've always wondered about the people who have lived there. So great there's a book like this out there!

    - Sarah :)

  10. I never heard before for this book! Sound really nice, thanks for sharing! Always great books!

  11. Sounds good. I so need to make more time to read more than blogs, news and stock information. Great post. FYI: Last week to win a pair of sunglasses for yourself and a friend.

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