Mason's Retreat

I really enjoyed this quiet novel set on the Eastern Shore It captures the sounds and scents of a time period that you can still sense when in the area This is a very satisfying novel to curl up wi

I really enjoyed this quiet novel, set on the Eastern Shore. It captures the sounds and scents of a time period that you can still sense when in the area. This is a very satisfying novel to curl up with on a languid summer day. Good Mason's Retreat By Christopher Tilghman am Kindle Unfolding with the grandeur and suspenseful inevitability of real life, Mason s Retreat tells the story of a family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the eve of World War II After many years of extravagant expatriate living in England, Edward and Edith Mason and their sons, Sebastien and Simon, sail to America to take up residence at the Retreat, the crumbling Mason famUnfolding with the grandeur and suspenseful inevitability of real life, Mason s Retreat tells the story of a family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the eve of World War II After many years of extravagant expatriate living in England, Edward and Edith Mason and their sons, Sebastien and Simon, sail to America to take up residence at the Retreat, the crumbling Mason family estate on the Chesapeake Bay A man of large appetite and grand illusion, Edward Mason is determined to make a go of it as a gentleman farmer, even though events always seem to conspire against him Edith and their two sons begin to flourish in America, tasting for the first time the happiness that comes from a sense of freedom and belonging Yet the family s drift toward destruction inexorably quickens, exposing at the heart of this remarkable novel the powerful interconnections between character, history, and fate the isolation of class and race and the corrosive effect of secrets within a family.. Christopher Tilghman is the author of two short story collections, In a Father s Place, and The Way People Run, and three novels, The Right Hand Shore, Mason s Retreat and Roads of the Heart Currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, he and his wife, the writer Caroline Preston, live in Charlottesville, Virginiacmillan author christ. Bestseller Book Mason's Retreat Mason's Retreat is a 1000 acre inheritance for Edward Mason. It is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1936, wiith his buisness in England failing and his wife and sons at odds with him, he goes back to the US and to The Retreat where he hopes to make a new start. This is a thoughtfully written novel that explores the relationships on The Retreat, especially the Mason Famly. A reviewer pointed out that truths are found in each paragraph. With that in mind, I began reading differently, searching and finding sentences so powerful that they clearly outlined the novel. Tilghman's writing was measured, but brought the Mason family and the workers on the Retreat fully to life. There is an underlying look at racial relationships between the Mason's and their "help", some whose parents were slaves. There is also a glimpse at the life on the Eastern Shore in those days before WWII.Tilghman has recently published a prequel to Mason's Retreat and I will read it, I'm sure.
Mason s Retreat by Christopher Tilghman Mason s Retreat is a waterside plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Masons in the novel have never been there Edward, the depressive father, inherited it, but wouldn t have dreamed of visiting until his fortunes in pre WW England turned sour He brings his wife and two sons to the Retreat, which sets up the events of the novel. Mason s Retreat Tilghman, Christopher Apr , American expatriot Edward Mason, owner of a failing machine factory, is fighting private battles In the face of defeat, he abandons his adopted home in England in order to reclaim his inheritance on Maryland s Eastern Shore a ruinous, thousand acre estate known ominously as Mason s Retreat Tilghman, Christopher May , Mason s Retreat is a sensitively written story of a family s quest for self renewal and self identity during the Depression leading up to World Ware II The story spans two continents and in many ways two eras of a family with long historical roots on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mason s Retreat EW Few first novels are narrated with the clarity, economy, and masterful assurance Tilghman brings to Mason s Retreat, the remarkably moving and persuasive tale of one family s emotional dissolution. Retreats Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA Retreats Fall Retreat Each year we go to the Rainbow Lodge Retreat Center in North Bend, Wash for two days During that time we focus on how we can adapt and tailor our residency program to continue to create exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals and innovative leaders. Full List of Lodges Grand Lodge of Washington Find here the full list of US Grand Lodges and International Lodges and resources from the Masonic Association of North America website IMMEDIATE RELEASE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL IN PERSON MEETING OF LODGES IN THIS JURISDICTION SHALL BE CANCELLED PER THE GRAND MASTER JUNE TH, . Lodge Leadership Retreat Cancelled Grand Lodge of Jul , Lodge Leadership Retreat July , Cancellation of Lodge Leadership Retreat My Brothers, It is with great sadness that I have to announce the cancellation of this year s Lodge Leadership Retreat With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID , it has become obvious to all that we will not be able hold the LLR this Masonic Farm Retreat Columbia Vrbo Masonic Farm Retreat Property overview Columbia, New York, United States of America Mobile Home Sleeps Bedrooms Bathrooms Min Stay nights Premier Partner Pets Welcome Air Conditioning No Smoking Internet TV. New Homes in Fort Mill SC Masons Bend Fielding Homes Masons Bend offers the peaceful atmosphere of a small town just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, making it an ideal place to call home New single family homes, Fort Mill, SC, Charlotte Metro Offering four distinct collections of new homes in a

  1. Christopher Tilghman is the author of two short story collections, In a Father s Place, and The Way People Run, and three novels, The Right Hand Shore, Mason s Retreat and Roads of the Heart Currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, he and his wife, the writer Caroline Preston, live in Charlottesville, Virginiacmillan author christ

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  1. Mason s Retreat is a 1000 acre inheritance for Edward Mason It is located on Maryland s Eastern Shore In 1936, wiith his buisness in England failing and his wife and sons at odds with him, he goes back to the US and to The Retreat where he hopes to make a new start This is a thoughtfully written novel that explores the relationships on The Retreat, especially the Mason Famly A reviewer pointed out that truths are found in each paragraph With that in mind, I began reading differently, searching a [...]


  2. I really enjoyed this quiet novel, set on the Eastern Shore It captures the sounds and scents of a time period that you can still sense when in the area This is a very satisfying novel to curl up with on a languid summer day.


  3. I found myself caring about these characters and being sucked in by the Chesapeake Bay setting My sister in law loaned me this book on a vacation, so I did not have any expectations, nor had I read any reviews I find myself thinking about it after finishing it, which is always a good sign.


  4. This was a book club book We have not discussed it yet scheduled for August 29th I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but since I can t give half stars I up d it to 4 It was a fairly short book and a quick read for me I m a really slow reader This was the first non Kindle book I ve read in a very long time and I missed being able to look up words places, etc right from my Kindle.The book had my interest to start because it takes place on Maryland s Easter Shore Unfortunately, it didn t really capture t [...]


  5. An interesting novel about a family estate on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Taking up a number of regional themes the legacy of slavery in Maryland, the dynamics of agriculture and industrialization in the interwar period, the tensions between Balti and the rest of the state as well as between Britain and the US, Tilghman builds the foundation for a powerful historical epic Armed also with an impressive slate of characters, it is all the disappointing that Tilghman chooses to focus his le [...]


  6. An interesting story, but it falls short of Christopher Tilghman s sequel, written as a prequel The characters are memorable, but events don t have the same reach and drama as the earlier period of history The characters lack of connection to a place is problematic initially, but Edith and Sebastien manage to put down roots quickly at the Retreat Simon is tied to his father than to place Edward is in the thrall of his own restlessness When World War II arrives, it fractures the family further T [...]



  7. I heard Christopher Tilghman speak at this year s L.A Book Festival He was on a panel about families with Janet Fitch and Julie Otsuka The prequel to Mason s Retreat had just been published and it sounded wonderful, but I wanted to read the first book first I just finished it and now I can t wait to read The Right Hand Shore Mason s Retreat tells the story of the Mason family, from 1936 to 1939 Edward and Edith had moved to England soon after their marriage in the 1920s They have two sons, Sabas [...]


  8. This is a very appealing story of a family that has problems Communication being one of them, but in some ways the real problem is their values.Edward Mason is a man who seeks success and money in that order He is not content to make a comfortable living He wants to take risks, be rewarded for them, and recieve fame and fortune as a result Given those parameters, he is remarkably likable, and is a good example of just how complicated people are He is a very flawed but entirely three dimensional [...]


  9. This was a memorable book for me, recommended by a friend who lives on the Eastern Shore where the story takes place It whetted my appetite to read about the area and its history Apparently the author, who shares the name of Tilghman seen recorded in Maryland history, spent summers on a farm owned by his family since the seventeenth century, which would explain his ability to describe the Mason family and their two sons sailing from England in 1936 when the machine tool business failed to try t [...]


  10. It was cold outside, too cold to walk to the library So I found this book on the shelf and started to read it with little hope that it would be to my liking Surprisingly, it grew on me This is the story of a disfunctional family s time at the ancestral home farm in Maryland The father is obsessed with his business failures and triumphs The mother feels sorry for herself and her kids, so she takes a lover The older son sneaks around, listens in on private conversations, and despises his father Th [...]


  11. Well written period piece 1930 1940 s a story of an unsettled family, trying to individually bring meaning to their lives, and make sense of their relationship to their family The book centers on the core family group, Edward, Edith, Sebastien, and Simon Mason, but it also projects forward in time, to Simon s son, and back in time, to Edward s aunt, Mary Other relationship issues are presented through the story Edith s friendship with a neighbor woman Bitsy , the black employees of the family, a [...]


  12. An author with the name of Tilghman who writes about the Eastern Shore has got to have an interesting perspective on life here, where I live The Tilghman name is ubiquitous, and now I learn that his family s roots go back to the earliest settlers, escaping persecution in England This novel is the story of the Mason family moving to the crumbling family estate on the Chester River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay Tilghman is a superb writer in capturing the feel of the land, the water, and th [...]


  13. This was the November selection for one of the library book clubs There was a general consensus that the sections that described the Eastern Shore of Maryland were beautifully written, but the characters were, at most, two dimensional.The author has written a prequel to Mason s Retreat, and I find it odd that the prequel was written and released after this book It s rather like the six movies in Star Wars, when you think about it.My favorite part of the book was the final paragraphs.About half o [...]


  14. Harry Mason tells this story of his grandfather Edward, who with his wife Edith and sons Simon and Sebastian, comes to take over an inherited estate on Maryland s eastern shore as World War II nears Edward is a bumbling soul who never does very well at anything, but he tries to revive the estate and make it run Actually, he hates it there, and when the company he owns in England starts to show a profit because he isn t around to mess things up he decides to return to England Edith and the boys h [...]


  15. The Retreat is the estate that has been waiting 15 years since Miss Mary died for Edward Mason who is the heir to return from England to manage the plantation Edward has not been a successful engineer in England and is returning to America in desperation to try and manage a farm he knows nothing about Edward, his wife, his young son, Simon, 6 years old, and his son, Sebastien, 14 years old, all must make adjustments to live in the strange new world Edith creates a social life for the family, Sim [...]


  16. Edward Mason and his family live in England His business there is failing and he looks to his family s home in America as a place to retreat to and try to earn enough money to support them His wife and two sons learn to like living there but Edward as always fails to do well He finally decides to return to England to run his plant there as business is picking up due to the upcoming war His family learns to live without him, except for his youngest son, Simon who misses his father very much But h [...]


  17. This is a story of a family set in Maryland in the late 1930s Edward Mason relocates his family from England where he has had a number of failed ventures and still retains an engineering workshop in Manchester They settle at Mason s Retreat, an old family estate previously owned by his late Aunt Mary.The story is suffused from the first page with a sense of approaching doom an accident waiting somewhere to happen None of the characters is happy, even when doing something of their choosing The no [...]


  18. May 2008 book club selection Eastern Shore theme.Woohoo I finally finished reading a book This book was okay Written from several different perspectives, but a big chunk of the book is written from a woman s perspective, and frankly, I think that men writing sex scenes from a woman s perspective is really weird In general, it was a depressing read for me Every character is unhappy and bitter in some respect Sigh.The May meeting of the book club was postponed at the last minute, so I m not sure w [...]


  19. The beautiful, quietly compelling prose hooked me in the first two pages and reeled me though the entire novel The reading was worth it The window into mid twentieth century eastern shore Maryland appeals to me as a native Marylander I wanted from the characters as if they were withholding relatives It s a fast read and if you are remotely attracted to the time period, the place, or looking for really outstanding writing, I say, go for it.


  20. The brand new prequel to this book has gotten a lot of buzz, so I figured it d read the one written first Mason s Retreat is a waterside plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Masons in the novel have never been there Edward, the depressive father, inherited it, but wouldn t have dreamed of visiting until his fortunes in pre WW 2 England turned sour He brings his wife and two sons to the Retreat, which sets up the events of the novel I enjoyed it very much.


  21. I picked this up at the Hockessin Bookshelf, not knowing anything about it It looked interesting, and it was Set on Maryland s Eastern Shore in the late 1930s, it focuses on the Mason family, Americans who had been living in England, who return to take possession of the family estate,Mason s Retreat I particularly liked the description of the Chesapeake Bay area, and of the people, blacks and whites living there.


  22. Mason s Retreat was a bland and depressing novel in which Christopher Tilghman tries to create a historical epic peppered with what if done well are meaty issues Unfortunately Tilghman falls terribly shorts The story takes place on a family estate on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake The pre WWII time period and themes should have led to a dynamic tale To read my complete review visit opinionatedbookreviewer


  23. It took me a while to get into this but once I hit page 50 which is usually my make it or break it point , I was very intrigued by the story of an American family returning from England in the 1930s to take over a family farm on the eastern shores of Maryland I had no idea where the novel was going to go and though I found some parts under developed, I enjoyed it enough follow avidly and want to read the prequel I wish I could give it another half star.


  24. Just completed The Right Hand Shore and enjoyed the book immensely so wanted to read about the Mason Family and their lives Mason s Retreat moved the family and the story forward to pre World War II Tilghman s prose beautifully describes life and people who live on Mason s Retreat which may very well be cursed The place has a strange and mysterious hold on people.


  25. The historical details of life in another time and place were interesting to me I felt sorry for the female main character, who chose a loser as a husband and unsuccessfully put her children s needs ahead of her own It was told as a recollection by a grandson, which I think could have been augmented at the end.


  26. a friend loaned me this book w the distressing comment that she had not finished it because she did not like any of the characters I didn t like them, either, but I did finish it it seemed to me an interesting reflection on the ways in which we make decisions that determine our lives without knowing what we are doing for that alone it s worth reading.


  27. Very engaging book Story of a family that comes to a familial home from England in 1936 The father has been a ne er do well and a philanderer in England Mother and 2 sons do well Father goes back to England to a rejuvenated company doing war prep He comes back to get family Oldest son has come to love the farm Father sells it Son doesn t want to go to England and runs away, only to drown.


  28. I read this memorable book in 1997 The story takes place on the eve of World War II on the shores of Maryland Without rereading it for details, I can say it had everything that a fine, literary novel could have excellent prose, a stunning sense of place, suspense, romance, wisdom, all leading to a greater understanding of humanity.


  29. This was based on the history of a dysfunctional plantation family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland The writing is enjoyable as are most of the characters Edward Mason the head of the family, proved to be unlikable due to his thoughtlessness and self centered personality It was particularly interesting to me as a resident of Maryland.


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