The Calico Year Author:Dorothy Gilman Butters The beauty of the changing seasons and the work of managing an inherited farmhouse in the Berkshire Mountains bring real happiness into the lives of the Cannon sisters. — All of this is a great change for Tracy, who gladly exchanges fashion for blue jeans and the chance to put behind her a meaningless society life in New York. An unusual situatio... more »n gives Tracy legal guardianship of her younger sister, Tina, who is equally anxious to escape from their Aunt Martha, who sends her from one boarding school to another on an irresponsible merry-go-round of loneliness. Both girls agree that they have had the wrong kind of luxury, and being without money is their price for freedom and the chance for a wholesome, normal life.
Together they create a spirit of enterprise and enthusiasm about the rundown, but picturesque, old farmhouse. They take in two unforgettable boarders, rent boats in the cove, raise vegetables, discover a treasure of antiques in the barn, and achieve acceptance among their conservative New England neighbors. These new experiences, and unexpected romance, result in a feeling of belonging, and a confidence given only to those who use their talents wisely.« less