Fifteen years after the publication of his acclaimed novel Mason’s Retreat, Christopher Tilghman returns to the Mason family and their Chesapeake Bay estate in The Right-Hand Shore.
It is 1922, and Edward Mason plans to make a drop-in call upon Miss Mary Bayly, the current owner of the legendary Mason family estate, the Retreat. But over the course of a day, he hears stories that will forever tie him and his family to the land. The drama in this richly textured novel proceeds through vivid set pieces: on rural nineteenth-century industry; on a boyhood on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; on the unbreakable divisions of race and class; and, finally, on two families attempting to save a son and a daughter from the dangers of their own innocent love.
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