This intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod traces one family's fascinating story and celebrates the perennial joys of summer at the beach.This intimate and poignant history of a sprawling century-old summer house on Cape Cod traces one family's fascinating story and celebrates the perennial joys of summer at the beach.Read Less
New. 074324964X. Remainder; 14 oz.; 327 pages; New PB unread w/remainder mark bottom edge. Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt returned for one last stay with his wife and children. This poignant tribute to the eleven-bedroom jumble of gables, bays, and dormers that watched over weddings, divorces, deaths, anniversaries, birthdays, breakdowns, and love affairs for five generations interweaves Colt's final visit with memories of a lifetime of summers. Run-down yet romantic, the Big House stands not only as a cherished reminder of summer's ephemeral pleasures but also as a powerful symbol of a vanishing way of life.
This was a wonderful book. A book I wanted to begin again as soon as I had finished the last page. I read it during my summer vacation. This is a book you can relate to, regardless of your background. His summers were spent in a large old house in New England. Mine were spent in a little rented cottage on a lake in Michigan. But there was just something universal about his story. His family's history was totally absorbing; his writing, compelling. I thought I really didn't like nonfiction. But this book changed my mind. I checked it out from the library, then had to own my own copy after reading it.
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