The House on Oyster Creek: A Novel

The House on Oyster Creek: A Novel

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by Heidi Jon Schmidt
     
 

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Sensitive but practical, Charlotte Tradescome has come to accept the reticence of her older, work-obsessed husband Henry. Still, she hopes to create a life for their three-year-old daughter. So when Henry inherits a home on Cape Cod, she, Henry, and little Fiona move from their Manhattan apartment to this seaside community. Charlotte sells off part of Tradescome Point

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Sensitive but practical, Charlotte Tradescome has come to accept the reticence of her older, work-obsessed husband Henry. Still, she hopes to create a life for their three-year-old daughter. So when Henry inherits a home on Cape Cod, she, Henry, and little Fiona move from their Manhattan apartment to this seaside community. Charlotte sells off part of Tradescome Point, inadvertently fueling the conflict between newcomers and locals. Many townspeople easily dismiss Charlotte as a "washashore." A rare exception is Darryl Stead, an oyster farmer with modest dreams and an open heart, with whom Charlotte feels the connection she's been missing. Ultimately he transforms the way she sees herself, the town, and the people she loves...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Locals and summer people face off on Cape Cod in Schmidt’s atmospheric romance. As soon as New Yorkers Henry and Charlotte Tradescome inherit Henry’s ancestral estate in Wellfleet, Mass., the much younger Charlotte, wanting a different life for their young daughter, persuades her curmudgeonly husband to move into the house and renovate it with the proceeds from selling off a piece of the property. Charlotte finds it tough to connect with the year-round residents, but she does find an ally in Darryl Stead, an oysterman who farms the waters on the property adjoining the Tradescome house. Through helping Darryl tend his oysters, she falls more in love with the locals’ down-to-earth way of life—and a little in love with Darryl himself. But the yuppie couple who bought the neighboring land from the Tradescomes are less charmed, and a drawn-out legal battle ensues as they attempt to evict the oyster farms along the point. Schmidt (The Bride of Catastrophe) brings the coastal town and its sometimes crusty inhabitants to briny life, and, thankfully, offers a story that’s larger and more satisfying than a simple romance. (June)
Library Journal
An only child with physical limitations, Henry Tradescome has always disliked his family summer home in Wellfleet, MA. But Henry's wife, Charlotte, is thrilled to raise their four-year-old daughter in the house he's just inherited. Founder/editor of an alternative New York newspaper, Henry is 20 years Charlotte's senior. She's never felt she was Henry's intellectual equal, but now, at 42, Charlotte accepts that it's long past time she stopped caring. The Tradescomes move to the Cape, where Charlotte runs afoul of the longtime residents, including the farmers who work the oyster claims along the beach. A "washashore," Charlotte is only slightly less despised than the tourists. Still, she discovers an inner strength and confidence, especially in the company of Darryl Stead, whose claim is behind her house. When Charlotte sells off part of the land to ensure her family's future, the repercussions serve only to illuminate her naïveté. VERDICT Schmidt (The Bride of Catastrophe) conveys the unassailable bond of tradition in a tightly knit community along with the ins and outs of oyster culture. Her writing is nuanced and oh so clever as it relays her characters' persistence in the face of life's obstacles. Superior literary fiction. [Reading group guide.]—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229922
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
776,987
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Heidi Jon Schmidt has lived on Cape Cod for twenty-five years.

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The House on Oyster Creek 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SweetAdNan More than 1 year ago
Makes one think about the choices we make and how they will affect the ones we love.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte thought she knew what she was getting into when she married a man who is twenty years older than her. They end up moving to the home Henry has inherited and Charlotte could not believe how unfriendly the people are in her new hometown. She ends up getting a bit too friendly with a farmer, Darryl, who is around her age. Everyone can see that spark that goes off when she and Darryl are together. Will she do the safe thing and stay in a stale marriage or will she finally give herself what she's always wanted? This is one of those books that is great to read when you're in the middle of a transition in your life. It helps you figure things out for yourself even if your situation is completely different. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this is the type of book that hits home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WORST. BOOK. I'VE. EVER. READ!  I don't usually write reviews, but I really hated this book!  I kept reading, thinking it would get better at some point - but it doesn't.
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robinakers More than 1 year ago
Just your typical love, money, angry people story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HATED THIS BOOK PLUS I NEVER READ IT AGAIN AND BURNED MY OTHER NOOK IT WAS SO TERRIBLE