The House on Salt Hay Road by Carin Clevidence
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A fireworks factory explodes in a quiet seaside town. In the house on Salt Hay Road, Clay Poole is thrilled by the hole it’s blown in everyday life. His older sister, Nancy, is more interested in the striking stranger who appears, dusted with ashes, in the explosion’s aftermath. The Pooles—taken in as orphans by their mother’s family—can’t yet know how the bonds of their makeshift household will be tested and frayed. As their aunt searches for signs from God and their uncle begins an offbeat courtship, they are pulled toward two greater cataclysms: the legendary hurricane of 1938 and the encroaching war.

The House on Salt Hay Road is suffused with a haunting sense of place: salt marshes in the summer, ice boats on the frozen Great South Bay, Fire Island at the height of a storm. A vivid and emotionally resonant debut, it captures the golden light of a vanished time, and the hold that home has on us long after we leave it.


 

About Carin Clevidence

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Carin Clevidence has won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and received a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Her stories have been published in a number of journals. The House on Salt Hay Road is her first novel.
 
Published May 19, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 296 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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We’re told of but not shown his authority, and it’s unclear how much his harsh parenting has contributed to the unhappiness of his son Roy, a confirmed bachelor, and that of his equally unhappy daughter Mavis, refugee from a bad marriage, who clings to religion and superstitions.

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When Clayton walks along the beach just before the storm, he notices orange-and-black butterflies trying to fly while “mixed with the salt spray.” Then “tumbling over the sand were bright scraps of butterflies that had been ripped apart in the wind.” A ­storyteller with this fine an eye might put...

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and “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett, have, in their very different ways, brought history home, and without the gimmicks of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Now Rebecca Chace and Carin Clevidence are exploring the intersection of self with history in the first half of the 20th century, in “Leavi...

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As a boy, Scudder had waited on the shore for the house to arrive and “remembered watching the house appear in the distance and how strange the silhouette of it seemed, like a boat built by someone with no understanding of water or wind.” Yet despite this sort of magic, there’s only so much stor...

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The House on Salt Hay Road, the debut novel by Carin Clevidence, tells the story of the Scudder family and the house they live in.

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