From the Alice Hoffman website:
"Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston. "
AD70 Roman troops sacked Jerusalem, destroying the Second Temple and hunting down those few who managed to flee the city. Some took refuge with the Sacarii, Jewish rebels led by Eleazar ben Ya'ir in Herod's hill fortress of Masada, with the settlement eventually swelling to accommodate more than 900 fighters and refugees.
The Red Garden
Beautifully crafted, shimmering with magic, a transforming glimpse into small town America, presenting us with 300 years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty and redemption in a web of tales where characters lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.