Mason's Retreat

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Random House Publishing Group, 2006 - Fiction - 295 pages
24 Reviews
Returning to America after many years in England, Edward and Edith Mason and their two sons take up residence at The Retreat, the old family estate on the Chesapeake Bay, where the members of the family drift irrevocably toward tragedy on the eve of World War II. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 12,000 first printing.

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Review: Mason's Retreat: A Novel

User Review  - Janet E. - Goodreads

This was based on the history of a dysfunctional plantation family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The writing is enjoyable as are most of the characters. Edward Mason. the head of the family ... Read full review

Review: Mason's Retreat: A Novel

User Review  - Jann Barber - Goodreads

This was the November selection for one of the library book clubs. There was a general consensus that the sections that described the Eastern Shore of Maryland were beautifully written, but the ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Family Voices

"The Retreat," says Christopher Tilghman, "is modeled after my family's farm in Maryland. Tilghmans were all over the Eastern Shore in the 17th and 18th centuries, for the most part enriching themselves at the expense of others. They were prominent in the Revolutionary War mostly because they were tired of sharing their abundance with the king. Since then they have steadily declined, but the farm through certain miracles and detours has remained in the family."

Tilghman, who now lives with his wife and three sons in rural Massachusetts, began writing after graduating from Yale and serving briefly in the Navy. When publishing success at first eluded him, he earned a living at a sawmill in New Hampshire, and built a post-and-beam house with hand tools on a hilltop in Vermont. Moving back to the more urban environment of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he became a corporate copywriter and sometime journalist before publishing In a Father's Place, a highly-praised collection of short stories. Mason's Retreat is his first novel.


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