The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod / Edition 1

The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod / Edition 1

by Cynthia Huntington
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1584652942

ISBN-13: 9781584652946

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584652946
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
199
Sales rank:
938,556
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
May
1.The Spiral3
2.Dreamers8
3.Waves15
4.The Edge20
5.Harrier25
June
6.Nesting37
7.Mouse in House43
8.The Garden47
9.Beach Rights53
10.Beach Roses58
11.Jacob's Ladder63
12.A Visit to Zena's66
13.The Thicket74
July
14.Beach Days81
15.At Evening88
16.Sanctuary91
17.Dog Days96
18.Talking in the Dark102
19.Tempest107
20.Staying In116
21.Fishers122
August
22.Meridian133
23.At Leisure138
24.Sitting Down to Supper142
25.Night Lights148
26.Another Fish Story155
27.A Late Walk162
September
28.The Star Flower169
29.Wild Fruits179

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