Now finally collected into a single volume, the Sherbrookes trilogy—Possession, Sherbrookes, and Stillness—is Nicholas Delbanco's most celebrated achievement. Centering upon one New England clan and their estate in southwestern Vermont—a full thousand acres, including the bleak and chilly Big House, from which the volatile Sherbrookes have such trouble escaping—these books form a virtuoso portrait of the love, pride, resentment, and even madness we inherit from our families. Written in his characteristically opulent, bravura prose, Delbanco is here revealed as a Henry James for our time: a passionate cataloger of human strength and frailty. Edited and revised by the author some thirty years after its first publication, the trilogy—"made new" as the single-volume Sherbrookes—can now be rediscovered by a new generation of readers.
Author Nicholas Delbanco
Title First Published 02 August 2011
Nb of pages 800 p.
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781564785879
Publication Date 01 August 2011
Nb of pages 800
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
List Price $19.95
It is cold where he sits. The Big House too is cold, but there at least they can set fires. He has laid in forty cords, just having the fence-lines trimmed and thinning out the hardwood lot by Bailey's. What with fourteen fireplaces, he figures on a cord each week. It has taken more than that—but not a bad season for snow, not as high as the window where he sits. Still, the winter has been dark and wet, with a March that set Harriet muttering: why not California, she said to him, why not North Carolina; why not anyplace but this place; what keeps us here this winter?—answer me that.
"[Nicholas Delbanco] wrestles with the abundance of his gifts as a novelist the way other men wrestle with their deficiencies." —John Updike