Indie Next ListMay 2012
This tale opens in 1922 with Miss Mary, the stern matriarch of The Retreat -- the massive Mason family property on the Chesapeake Bay -- interviewing Edward Mason, one of two distant descendants of the original immigrant owner, as she decides to whom she will leave it all when she dies. Told in a series of vignettes, the homestead's proudest as well as most brutal moments are recounted by those whose lives are intertwined -- for better or for worse -- with the Masons and with The Retreat. A vivid and haunting look at the power of family and place by a master storyteller. -- Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
Fifteen years after the publication of his acclaimed novel "Mason's Retreat," Tilghman returns to the Chesapeake Bay estate. This richly textured novel proceeds through 19th-century industry and centers on two families attempting to save a son and daughter.