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Edge Seasons

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Edge Seasons

A Mid-life Year
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From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation.

In the middle years of her life, Beth Powning stands on a threshold: an "edge season." Late one August, when Beth and her partner, Peter, observe the deserted sauna bath on their farm near Sussex, New Brunswick, she remembers the faith and energy that went into building it. As they begin to repair the sauna, the project becomes a metaphor for how dreams, relationships and commitments need to be continuously renewed. While their only child, Jake, prepares to leave for university, Beth and Peter contemplate changes of their own.

As fall and winter gradually shut down the vibrant life of the gardens, fields and forests near her home, Beth witnesses the beauty and regenerative force of the natural world, weaving acutely observed descriptions of the countryside with the story of her own intimate transformation. Edge Seasons is an intensely absorbing journey that illuminates how change can shatter even as it strengthens.

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From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation.

In the middle years of her life, Beth Powning stands on a threshold: an "edge season." Late one August, when Beth and her partner, Peter, observe the deserted sauna bath on their farm near Sussex, New Brunswick, she remembers the faith and energy that went into building it. As they begin to repair the sauna, the project becomes a metaphor for how dreams, relationships and commitments need to be continuously renewed. While their only child, Jake, prepares to leave for university, Beth and Peter contemplate changes of their own.

As fall and winter gradually shut down the vibrant life of the gardens, fields and forests near her home, Beth witnesses the beauty and regenerative force of the natural world, weaving acutely observed descriptions of the countryside with the story of her own intimate transformation. Edge Seasons is an intensely absorbing journey that illuminates how change can shatter even as it strengthens.

From the Hardcover edition.

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    IN THE BEGINNINGTHE NUTSHELL

    After we married at the age of nineteen, Peter and I lived in a tiny house known as "The Nutshell." It was the summer of 1969, and we were university students. We had met on a blind date at my campus, just north of New York City. Peter wore wire-rimmed aviator glasses, bell-bottom jeans, and T-shirts with red and blue stripes. He was tall, with shoulder-length brown hair and a gap between his two front teeth. He had blue eyes and a funny last name. I'd just returned from a summer spent at a work camp in the mountains of Mexico. I wore huaraches and sweaters with threadbare elbows. I wanted to be either an actor or a writer. He studied art.

    Our parents thought it was unseemly, in those years, to live together unwed, so we were married and moved to the town where I'd grown up -- near to the University of Connecticut, for Peter, and a commute to Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, for me. It was a small town, its village centre built along the ridge of a hill, with nineteenth-century houses shaded by giant maples and the surrounding countryside still a patchwork of small dairy farms.

    The Nutshell had once been a cobbler's shop but had eventually become an annex to the Chelsea Inn. The inn was half-hidden by overgrown American bamboo; its windows were obscured by ancient, sun-browned paper shades. It was my Aunt Mildred's summer place. After her husband died and her children left home, she let it fall into disrepair. Once a month she drove out from her city house in her Thunderbird, carrying trays of mushrooms in its trunk. "A perfect place for them," she told us in her whispery, enthusiastic voice, "dark and warm." Hair skinned into a bun, lopsided lipstick giving her a loopy smile, she collected the rent and stuffed it into her pocket. I watched her go to the inn's side door, where she stooped, fumbling with the key.

    Across the village street were two large houses: one had once been my grandparents' summer place, and the other, my uncle's. I had spent my childhood exploring these houses: their attics were filled with oddments from previous generations -- spinning wheels, calf-hide trunks, dresses, hats. Their barns were occupied by dusty wooden tools, sleighs, carriages; and there were flower gardens, orchards, beehives. Next to The Nutshell was a house that had once belonged to my aunt's parents. All these houses were now sold, but the family gatherings of my childhood -- Fourth of July, or Labor Day, or apple-harvesting weekends -- meant that on either side of the street I could push through screen doors and be offered cold lemonade or cookies. From our porch I could see the Congregational Church, where my parents and my great-grandparents had been married. I could see the library where I had learned to love the smell of books. The post office was five minutes' walk away, as was the town's only general store, with its sagging wooden porch and a bulletin board covered with faded, limp announcements.

    Peter and I had two marmalade cats and a dog. In the dank undergrowth behind the little house we cleared space for a chicken pen and kept twelve Rhode Island Red hens. In the summer our two pigs lived at my parents' place at the north end of town, in a pen by their pond. We thumbtacked a map of North America to the plaster wall of our living room and studied it. Place was abstract, a yearning based on notion and desire.

    Everything happened for the first time: it was our first kitchen, our first living room, our first bathroom. Peter, revealing himself to be both resourceful and energetic, built a bed on posts, accessible by a ladder. There was a claw-footed tub, its porcelain abraded so that...

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  • Beth Powning is the author of Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life, Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss, and, most recently, the novel The Hatbox Letters. She lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, with her partner, the artist Peter Powning.

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  • The Winnipeg Free Press "Edge Seasons engages the reader from the first page. It is a joyful, lyrical celebration of life and of the Earth we inhabit, always grounded in the here and now. Dense as it is with meaning and description, it is an effortless read that makes us look anew at life, and the promise of each day that we are given. It is, quite simply, a wonderful book."
  • The Globe and Mail Praise for The Hatbox Letters:
    "Powning brilliantly illuminates grief in all its shape-shifting pain, and in so doing, expands her characters' lives, and ours."
  • New Brunswick Reader "[A] novel of stunning beauty . . . The Hatbox Letters is a moving elegy to things lost and found."
  • The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax) "Powning's exquisite novel sings. . . . As brilliant as the light toward which it reaches."
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