To the New Owners

To the New Owners

A Martha's Vineyard Memoir

Book - 2017
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"In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais' in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha's Vineyard for the exorbitant sum of $80,000. 2.2 miles down a poorly marked, one lane dirt road, the house was better termed a shack--it had no electricity, no modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect. Sitting on Tisbury Great Pond--well-stocked with oysters and crab for foraged dinners--the house faced the ocean and the sky, and though it was eventually replaced by a sturdier structure, the ethos remained the same: no heat, no TV, and no telephone. Instead, there were countless hours at the beach, meals cooked and savored with friends, nights talking under the stars, until at last, the house was sold in 2014. To the New Owners is Madeleine Blais' charming, evocative memoir of this house, and of the Vineyard itself--from the history of the island and its famous visitors to the ferry, the pie shops, the quirky charms and customs, and the abundant natural beauty. But more than that, this is an elegy for a special place. Many of us have one place that anchors our most powerful memories. For Blais, it was the Vineyard house--a retreat and a dependable pleasure that also measured changes in her family. As children were born and grew up, as loved ones aged and passed away, the house was a constant. And now, the house lives on in the hearts of those who cherished it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780802126573
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 09, 2017

I have not visited Martha's Vineyard but I enjoyed getting to know the island through this book.

The author's husband and his siblings are in charge of selling the summer cabin when their aging parents are no longer up to the trip to Martha's Vineyard. As the kids pack up the home, we get a history of the cabin such as who visited, the near by neighbors and day to day life in a dilapidated summer home. And also what the new owners plan to do with the place. Unfortunately, it's what happens to a lot of the older properties on the island.


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