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Mounthaven is a multi-layered tale. Four generations and a hundred years of a Virginia family that, having survived the Civil War, acquires a derelict mansion and surrounding acreage called Mounthaven. The year is 1903. The place is already over a century old when Mary Carter Stokes, wife of a failed Yankee gentleman farmer and daughter of Major Moses Carter, late of the Army of Northern Virginia, first sees the property a€“ no plumbing, no electricity and the grounds a total disaster -- and it begins to sink in that this is to be where she will eventually die. Thus it becomes the story of Marya€™s elder son, Edmund Carter Stokes and his Yankee but wealthy bride, as Ed, using Mounthaven as a base, struggles to complete the mission laid upon him by his mother-- to restore the family to the place in society it occupied before the war a€“ while Eda€™s own son, Carter, flounders to free himself from these very values, for most of which Mounthaven serves as a decaying metaphor.I put that one right where I wanted it, didna#39;t I? To get a drift right by that rock out there. Did you see ... hea#39;d had a gun to shoot with. ... Dr. McGregor had a sixteen gauge double barrel Sean had used when he was younger. The stock had been cut down and in Gilla#39;s hands it felt like his familiar BB gun, only better balanced.

Author:Bernard Peyton Chamberlain, Jr.
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2013-03-20


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