The Big House
A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
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ISBN10: 074324964X ISBN13: 9780743249645 Publisher: Simon & Schuster (T) Published: Jun 1 2004 Pages: 327 Weight: 0.72lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 5.75" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Faced with the sale of the century-old family summer house on Cape Cod where he had spent forty-two summers, George Howe Colt recounts returning for one last stay with his wife and children in this stunning memoir that was a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. 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.