A Treasury of New England Short Stories Author:Various Authors A Treasury of New England Short Stories: A Selection of the best fiction published by Yankee Magazine over the past 40 years (1935-1975) — A collection of 39 short stories about New England by: — Kenneth Andler, Lorna Beers, Lester C. Boyd, Eleanor Boylan, June Brown, Sam C. Brown, Jr., Philip B. Buzzell, Eric Cameron, Harriet Crowley, Edmund Curl... more »ey, Avram Davidson, Alvin S. Fick, Bartlett Gould, Betty Gulick, Laurie Hillyer, Edward M. Holmes, Axel Hornos, Eileen M. James, Marge Joerden, Patrick J. Leonard, Lael J. Littke, Trudi McCullough Osborne, Harold Rolseth, James F. Ryan, Mary P. Sherwood, Jane H. Shwedo, David G. Snow, Curtis K. Stadtfeld, Eleanor Sterling, Lnda Triegel, Richard S. Ullery, John Wahtera, Lilli Wahtera, Robert W. Wells, Earle Westcott, Newlin B. Wildes
From the inside flap: Here is a very special book of short stories - special because New England is a special place, a happy place for any writer to set any story. Its sparkling summer days are as sharp and clear as any in Greece or southern France; falls are Gothic, stark and sharp with "winter essence on the night;" its winters are frightening - peaceful, violent, always pure - and spring comes to New England the way it does to Russia, fragile and subtle, a lean kiss of hope, and then it bursts upon us like a resurrection and blooms again in heavy summer (we'll match our sultry, breathless days with any of those described by Erskine Caldwell).
So a writer need only have an idea and there is a mood here in New England to set it off. There is a day and a place that gives that idea a special ring of truth. Perhaps it is a place on the raw and rocky coast of Maine, where two boys loafing unsupervised, pretending to be Big Men, see a lobster boat hard at work and decide to try their hand at filching free dinners from the pots; or a crowded country courthouse, where a man who shot another is on trial and a lawyer accomplishes the impossible; a tiny New Hampshire hamlet set agog by a visit from the Governor - in mud season; a weather-grey oyster shack on the shore of the Sound, where outraged fishermen plot the downfall of a beautiful duck farmer; a crazy university, a roadside apple stand, a rundown farm...
Country and city, farmland and seashore, mountains and lakes, rich and poor, young and old - you'll find them in New England, and you'll find them all in this book. No wonder then that this collection is unique - because beyond entertainment, there is a feeling, a mosaic of experience, that leaves the reader with a strong sense of place and a sense of belonging to that place. We are home.
If you are not a Yankee now, you will be when you read this book.« less