The salt house: a summer on the dunes of Cape Cod

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University Press of New England, Jul 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 183 pages
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The Salt House is a beautifully observed and written memoir of a long summer's stay on the back shore of Cape Cod. Each chapter is like a prose poem, shedding increasing light on the challenge of finding "home" without the illusion of permanence, a quest based not on ownership but on affinity and familiarity with an area and its people. Cynthia Huntington expands her theme through images of the landscape, the shack, the new marriage.The shack, named "Euphoria, " is built as a house set on stilts above the sand, to take the wind under it. Only a partial shelter, it is inhabited for only one season a year, yet it endures. The outer cape has the feel of a place for migrants and drifters -- for birds and other wildlife, and for people such as artists, fishermen, and coast guardsmen. A place where "year-round" often means several addresses. Similarly, her narrative describes improvised, fragile beginnings: a new marriage, learning to be at home in the world, becoming intimate with the natural world, without the necessity of settling down. The Salt House shares a world that is less natural history or memoir than it is neighborhood exploration -- the process of learning a place and becoming native to it.

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User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

The author describes in simple and eloquent prose her experiences, moment by moment at a Dune Shack. I have been there; I thank the author for letting me relive my precious moments on the beach. Read full review

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User Review  - Raquel - Goodreads

This was a lovely reflection on one of the three summers Cynthia Huntington and her husband spent living in a dune shack on Race Point Beach in Provincetown. Poetic, gentle, observant of nature and ... Read full review

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