Carrie Brown is the author of, among other works of fiction, Rose’s Gardenand Confinement, which won the Library of Virginia Book Award in 2004. She teaches at Sweet Briar College and lives in Virginia.
Ruth has always stood firmly beside her upstanding, brilliant husband, Peter, the legendary chief of the Derry School for boys. As the novel opens we see the Derry School in all its glorious New England fall colors and witness the loosening of the aging Peter's grasp --- he will soon have to retire, and Ruth is wondering what they will do in their old age, separated from the school into which they have poured everything, including their savings. As the novel unfurls, it takes us back through their days and years, revealing the explosive spark and joy of their love and giving us a deeply felt portrait of a woman from the generation that quietly put individual dreams aside for the good of a partnership.
Ten-year-old Alice MacCauley and her playmate, Theo Swann, are the heroes of this frank and tender portrayal of two children coming of age in the course of a Vermont summer. Veteran literary novelist Carrie Brown brings her considerable gifts to bear in creating this affecting tale.