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The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home
 
 
Author
George Howe Colt.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780743249645
Pages/Publication Date 327/2004
Daedalus Item Code 21508
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(National Book Award Finalist) In this dynastic history of a sprawling, century-old summerhouse on Cape Cod, George Howe Colt portrays not just five generations of a Boston family's story but also a vanishing way of life.

"In 1903, the author's great-grandfather, a Boston Brahmin named Edward W. Atkinson, built his family a house on Cape Cod, at Wings Neck, the last undeveloped peninsula overlooking Buzzards Bay. The Big House, as this multi-storied conglomeration of gables, dormers, and bays came to be called, included 'eleven bedrooms, seven fireplaces, and a warren of closets, cupboards, and crannies that four generations of Wings Neck children have used for games of Sardines.' It was also an expensive firetrap with sixty-seven windows in need of attention, leaking roofs, wildlife procreating in its walls, and no indoor shower. In 1992, after agonized debate, the family decided to put it on the market. Colt's account, like the house that lies at its center, is full of surprises and contains more than seems humanly possible: a family memoir, a brief history of the Cape, an investigation of nostalgia, a catalogue of local fauna, a study of class, and a meditation on the privileges and burdens of the past."The New Yorker

 
 
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