Mason's Retreat

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G.K. Hall, 1996 - Fiction - 402 pages
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Unfolding with the grandeur and suspenseful inevitability of real life, Mason's Retreat tells the story of a family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the eve of World War II. After many years of extravagant expatriate living in England, Edward and Edith Mason and their sons, Sebastien and Simon, sail to America to take up residence at the Retreat, the crumbling Mason family estate on the Chesapeake Bay. A man of large appetite and grand illusion, Edward Mason is determined to make a go of it as a gentleman farmer, even though events always seem to conspire against him. Edith and their two sons begin to flourish in America, tasting for the first time the happiness that comes from a sense of freedom and belonging. Yet the family's drift toward destruction inexorably quickens, exposing at the heart of this remarkable novel the powerful interconnections between character, history, and fate; the isolation of class and race; and the corrosive effect of secrets within a family.

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Slow starting but enjoyable as I continued. Now reading sequel, The Right Hand Shore - like it. usually don't like going back in time but it is interesting and plot not given away, just intrigued now. Read full review

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

A good story including marital contentment and discord. It is told by one of the two children who spent 5 summers in the ancestral home...on the Maryland side of the Chesapeake. Good descriptions of the Bay, the marshes and the changing of all that was to love about the area. Read full review


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Christopher Tilghman's stories have appeared in "The New Yorker" and many other publications, and several have been selected for "The Best American Short Stories" anthology. He is also the author of the novel "Mason's Retreat."

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