The House on Oyster Creek
Overview - 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. Read more...
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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...
- ISBN-13: 9780451229922
- ISBN-10: 0451229924
- Publisher: New American Library
- Publish Date: June 2010
- Page Count: 346
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds
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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)