This is a collection of stories diverse in subject, but sutured together by the limitless affection the author holds for the land and people of New England. The author tells about life on a small farm where, as a boy, he spent summers with his grandparents. Gradually he grew to be a young man, sees his grandparents aging, the farm becoming marginal, and finally, the cows sold and the barn abandoned. But these are more than nostalgic memories, for in the measured and tender prose of each episode are signs of the end of things-a childhood, perhaps a culture. The author describes his return to the farm 25 yrs laters, to live the rest of his life in the house of string. Many family snapshots included.
A collection of memories and commentaries of the author about his summers spent on his grandparents' farm as a boy, his transition away as a young man, and years later, his interest in returning to the farm.