The Price of Land in Shelby (Hardscrabble Books–Fiction of New England)

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Shelby, Vermont is a place torn between stasis and change, a contemporary New England town "where time was revealed not by geology, but by tumbling stone walls" and, increasingly, the division of family farms into "executive lots" where rich Flatlanders build expensive homes. Against this backdrop the 30-year saga of the Chartrain family is played out in a novel both searing in its portrayal of the realities behind the picture postcard views and incisive in its truths about the indomitability of the human spirit.

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Alberts's third novel chronicles the lives of a Vermont family, the Chartrains, over nearly thirty years from the late 1960s to the present. It tells of an alcoholic father, a mother dying of cancer, and the effects that ripple out into the lives of their children. These five grow up in the course of the novel, and each of them narrates part of the story, adding depth to a dense and unsentimental picture. The only boy, regularly beaten by his dad, cannot hold a job as an adult. The girls seek either self-destruction or immersion in marriages similar to that of their parents. Then developers come eager for the family land. Loneliness, lovelessness and greed haunt the pastoral setting of this family's lives.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. Chart. LC 96-24556

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