Blackbird House

Written by Alice Hoffman
Review by Diane Scott Lewis

Just before the Revolutionary War, a fisherman builds a cottage on the remote tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for the woman he loves. Their youngest son befriends a blackbird and insists on taking it with him on his first fishing trip with his father. After father and sons are swept away in a fierce gale, the bird, now completely white, returns to the farm and becomes a haunting symbol of loss and renewal. In diverse tales, subsequent residents of the cottage, now known as Blackbird House, struggle with love, betrayal and redemption. A ghostly white blackbird is spotted by a few down the years. So little time is spent with these often fascinating characters, it’s difficult to invest a lasting emotion with them, but Hoffman’s writing is lyrical and will keep you interested.