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Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) - Alice Hoffman Blackbird House is a collection of short stories set in the same place over a span of 200 years; the house in the title is the main common thread, but there are other elements that repeat throughout the book (some more successfully than others). That kind of thing is like delicious candy to me, so I very much enjoyed the way the stories flowed into each other.

Alice Hoffman's books have a particular style and a mostly-predictable formula, and they're kind of comfort reading for me. Blackbird House is no exception to the Hoffman rule. It's not groundbreaking or edgy or anything like that, but it's a good solid end-of-the-day read.

I did have a little trouble with the writing in the first story -- it seemed choppy? Might have been my frame of mind at the time, though, since I didn't notice anything like that past the first story.

(three-and-a-half stars)

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