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The Salt House
A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod
Cynthia Huntington




Dartmouth College Press
1999 • 199 pp. 1 Map. 6 x 9"
Nature / Memoir / Cape Cod / New England

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-294-6
$14.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-317-2

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"Cynthia Huntington's joyous memoir . . . captures Cape Cod's stark, sun-soaked natural beauty with unpretentious lyricism." —Elle

A woman writer's lyrical memoir of a summer with her artist husband in a remote Cape Cod dune shack

The Salt House is a beautifully observed and written memoir of a long summer's stay on the back shore of Cape Cod. Each chapter is like a prose poem, shedding increasing light on the challenge of finding "home" without the illusion of permanence, a quest based not on ownership but on affinity and familiarity with an area and its people. Cynthia Huntington expands her theme through images of the landscape, the shack, the new marriage.

The shack, named "Euphoria," is built as a house set on stilts above the sand, to take the wind under it. Only a partial shelter, it is inhabited for only one season a year, yet it endures. The outer cape has the feel of a place for migrants and drifters -- for birds and other wildlife, and for people such as artists, fishermen, and coast guardsmen. A place where "year-round" often means several addresses. Similarly, her narrative describes improvised, fragile beginnings: a new marriage, learning to be at home in the world, becoming intimate with the natural world, without the necessity of settling down. The Salt House shares a world that is less natural history or memoir than it is neighborhood exploration -- the process of learning a place and becoming native to it.



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CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth, also teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. Author of We Have Gone to the Beach (1996) and The Fish-Wife (1986), she has a long association with Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center






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