Tired of their high school teaching jobs and discouraged by their failed attempts at conceiving a child, Mark and Fran Finley decide they need a change in their lives. Abruptly, they leave their friends and family in suburban New Jersey to begin anew as innkeepers on a secluded lake in the Adirondack Mountains. There they muddle through their first season at the inn, serving barely edible dinners to guests, stranding themselves in chest-deep snowdrifts, and somehow, miraculously, amid swarms of ravenous black flies, conceiving a child, a girl they name Nat. Years later, when Mark and Fran are nearing middle age and Nat is a troubled teenager, Mark's life is ripped apart, forever changed, and he must choose between returning to his old home in New Jersey or trying to rebuild what is left of his life and family in the place of his greatest joy and deepest sorrow. The Tumble Inn is a moving drama about home and about the fragility and resilience of love.
About the Author
William Loizeaux is writer in residence in the Department of English at Boston University. In addition to several essays and stories, Loizeaux has published two novels for children and two memoirs. His memoir, Anna: A Daughter's Life was a New York Times Notable Book.
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In this novel that reads like a memoir, we follow the story of a young couple who leave their city life to become caretakers of an in nestled deep in the Adirondacks. In is a deeply personal tale, told from the husband's perspective. He describes in detail the struggles of their first year, and the many interesting people they encounter, but mostly it is about their relationship, their love for one another, and their desire to have a child. After the birth of their daughter, it seems their life can't get much better. Their idyllic world is shattered one night by a drunk driver, and once again, a weighty decision is upon him. Should he move his back to the city, near family and old friends, or stay put in this beautiful, peaceful place that has become home? I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the landscapes and day-to-day running of the inn. The emotional depth of the story stayed with me long after I'd finished reading.