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The Price of Land in Shelby
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 ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by University Press of New England
(first published September 1st 1996)
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A book about child abuse, alcohol, drugs, bad behavior....those responsible claim no responsibility for their cause. And so it is the case of the family involved in this book. Such a shame. Life could have been so different. It was not a page turner for me, and so sad to see what our family structure has become in an awfully lot of cases.
I bought this book used at the UIUC bookstore for $1, because when isn't a book worth $1 of entertainment? I ended up liking it a lot. It follows a rural American family struggling through poverty, sickness, drugs, and gentrification over 25 years. Not the most uplifting, but it has its moments.