Carin Clevidence: The House on Salt Hay Road

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Road for Boston and her marriage Clayton decides not to follow But if they thought the fireworks explosion or Nancy s marriage turned their world pside down it is nothing compared to what nature has in store for them the following yearFor a book that begins with an explosion The House on Salt Hay Road is best categorized by its Captivated by the Millionaire uiet strength Clevidence manages to poetically capture the essence of the small town in the years leadingp to World War II as well as the youthfulness of her main characters As real and strong as Nancy and Clayton are their aunt Mavis A Mighty Big Wish uncle Roy and grandfather Scudder are eually powerfully drawn As they reflect on their youth and the passing years the readers gets to know them one anecdote at a time The story itself is told fairly slowly building like a waventil it eventually boils over with a powerful and heartbreaking climaxThe House on Salt Hay Road is not a book you can rush reading and it took me ite a bit longer than I thought it would considering it is nder 300 pages Clevidence pulls you into the story and you want to linger on each sentence slowly digesting it It is honestly one of those novels where I could not find a single word out of place it is clear that each one was thoughtfully chosen and edited with the result being smooth crisp and beautiful prose The only criticism I can make is that I occasionally found there were too many names sed in the novel particularly when the character Ed 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 house.

I wish I could remember who recommended this novel to me because it was lovely iet just enough plot interesting family relationships beautifully written This is Carin Clevidence s first book I really enjoyed it Excellent read Extremely well written with attention to detail Imagery makes it a you are then and there Character development finely honed and yet succinct less is A The Greek Tycoons Mistress uality piece of literature I really enjoyed reading this book The story revolved around a family innusual circumstances as far as not being what we would label a normal family mother father sister and brother But their interactions are what make this an excellent and well written book Things become very exciting when the hurricane of 1938 surrounds their small village I would recommend this debut fiction to all readers The House on Salt Hay Road by Carin Clevidence begins with an explosion a fireworks factory goes Tikki Tikki Tembo up in flames in a seaside town during 1937 creating a bang that is heard all around Clayton Poole hears it while in school and rushes to make sure his older sister Nancy is okay When the explosion happens Nancy s horse spooked but she is soon interested in the stranger she meets when she goes to see her aunt Mavis than returning home But the explosion itself is just the beginning as everything begins to change for Clayton and Nancy two orphans who have been taken in by their auntncle and grandfather When Nancy leaves their house on Salt Hay. Long Island 1938 A fireworks factory explodes in a iet coastal 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 interest.

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Idn t reappear later it seemed nnecessaryTalented writing aside there are also some interesting discussions which go on in The House on Salt Hay Road particularly when it comes to God and especially with regards to the character of Mavis whose faith is nshattered despite the struggles she has gone through At one point she says It seemed to her that God intended to peel the earth back like a scab As if beneath its hardness something tender and new had been forming all this timeScudder also goes into detail with a tragic story of how he lost his faith Scudder s fear at losing his granddaughter Nancy to a marriage that feels sudden as well as his grief at the death of Nancy and Clayton s mother who was also his daughter was absolutely heart breaking to read about I am in awe of how well Clevidence managed to capture characters on both ends of the age spectrum and my only wish was that there had been of Scudder and his best friend the Captain who mostly vanish about two thirds through the novel Although the reasons for their disappearance are both nderstandable and crucial to the story development I definitely missed them There were so many moments that touched my heart in this book Clayton s adventures capturing bugs and feeding the birds at the local museum in particular come to mind Overall I completely recommend The House on Salt Hay Road a powerful yet Twos Company uiet debut from Clevidence who s next novel I will certainly be pickingp. Hold will be tested and frayed A vivid and emotionally resonant debut The House on Salt Hay Road captures the golden light of a vanished time and the hold that home has on s long after we leave

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