The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 8, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
209 Reviews
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.
  

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The truly inexplicable lack of pictures is maddening. - Goodreads
So far, this is very slow and very little plot. - Goodreads
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Took me ages to read...but glad I did. Will remind you of a special place you went as a child on holiday...perhaps your granny's house. Can be a bit long and detailed. Second half read quicker. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Ellen - Goodreads

Clearly I am too picky, since this is a National Book Award winner and it only gets 3 stars from me...though I'd give it another half-star if it were possible. I picked this up because my family has a ... Read full review

Contents

Winter
1
PART
3
Arriving
5
The Family Tree
20
The Discovery of Cape Cod
42
Rooftree
60
Renovations
79
Fishing
89
Midsummer
173
PART
179
Hidden House
181
The Big Cove
205
Missing Cards
217
Rain
228
The White Elephant
237
Full House
257

The North and South Faces
100
The Barn
117
Plain Living 12 3
123
Money
131
Sailing
142
7eww
158
Florida
272
Leaving
284
Indian Summer
301
Notes on Sources
321
Acknowledgments
325
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About the author (2004)

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide.  He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.