Mason's Retreat

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Random House, 2006 - Fiction - 295 pages
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After many years in England an impoverished, upper-class American family return to an inherited estate on Chesapeake Bay. The novel describes their reaction to the new surroundings--country living versus city living. American versus Europe--and the resulting conflicts. The father returns to England, one son wants to follow, another wants to remain, and the mother is torn. By the author of In a Father's Place.

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MASON'S RETREAT

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A superb first novel from Tilghman (the collection In a Father's Place, 1990) that portrays with tenacious intelligence and wrenching intensity the nuances of family unhappiness and conflict. The ... Read full review

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The author of In a Father's Place (LJ 5/15/90) writes of a family's return to their ancestral land in Maryland after residing in England for many years. Read full review

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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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