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Paperbackpages. This is the story of a wealthy New England family who can trace their family back to Revolutionary times and all of the drama and skeletons in their closet.

In the end, they all behave predictably, from Old John Pentland, the patriarch, down to Sybil. But twenty years ago, she married a poor, low-born man named Callender and fled with him to Europe. Leave a Hromfield Cancel reply Enter your comment here It tells the story of Olivia Pentland, a wife and mother living in Massachusetts. The reader realizes it is the nurse, Miss Egan.

Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield

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And how wrong this can sometimes be. Also newly arrived in Durham is Michael O’Hara, an Irish immigrant who has achieved wealth and political prominence in Boston. The old Congregational church the Pentlands long favored has disbanded as more and more WASPs have left Durham, replaced by immigrant Roman Catholics with very different religious customs. As the most important personage is approaching the age of forty, to be celebrated in just a few weeks, Sabine Callender arrives at Durham, the home of the Pentlands and she is one of the family, in spite of the hatred she feels for those who have stolen her happiness with the wrong education.

Sabine Callendar grew up in the Pentland family, conforming to all of their rigid rules regarding proper social behavior, but she fled in her mids. John Pentland, broken-hearted at the death of his grandson, changes his will and leaves all his money to Olivia. Olivia speaks repeatedly of living in an enchantment that numbs her life. Olivia, who was a stranger to the Durham area when she married into the Pentland family years ago, now has a grown daughter, Sybil, and an ill and dying son, Jack.

I liked this book for its subtle presentation of wisdom. Oct 28, Lynn rated it it was ok Shelves: Email Facebook Twitter Google Tumblr. Slowly, terribly, she went on and on: The landscape around Durham is without color, as are the Pentlands.

I must say that one of my weaknesses is books about depressed women in crisis.

Email required Address never made public. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Overall, this was a good, though not exceptional work.

Want to Read saving…. Fairly predictable melodrama around gendered old money society and familial relations. Very good discriptions of thoughts and feelings of one standing at middle age looking at lost opportunities of youth vs.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I suspect happy people don’t make especially good stories, and you ought not to expect many of them in this. The plot meanders along until reac Beautiful, kind Olivia Penfield lives a stifling existence with a soulless husband and his puritanical New England family.

For other uses of “Early Autumn”, see Early Autumn disambiguation. Olivia discovers the Pentland groom is having a secret affair with someone in the house. And thrown into the mix, the impetus for the conflict, is Sabine Callendar, the niece of John Pentland, who is divorced and the black sheep of the family, whose experiences growing up with the Pentland family have left her jaded and wanting to see the Pentland family get their comeuppance.

Autunm 3, at 7: For the past two or three decades, Pentland’s wife Agnes has been insane, and now lives in an upstairs room in a far wing of the house. She suspects Anson knows the truth, and is lying about the family in his book.

Early Autumn

Tragedies interrupt the placid existence at Pentlands, as the different generations of Pentlands react to these events in their own ways. She was like a woman to whom nothing could ever again happen. All the meaning in the life of Anson — a false one at that — is offered by the book he is working on, The Pentlands and The Bay Area, a history of this noble, old, moral, traditional family which occupies all of his time, even if it is more than a vain effort, for it is based on falsehood.

Pentland’s ravings about a secret in the attic were not madness. You know you married me only because you had to marry someone. Olivia has an important choice to make in the book and this is the main plot of the story and, even though it is predictable what she will choose, she’s still very interesting and has a fair amount of depth.

Scott Fitzgerald did, I thinkand Bromfield finds the right tone in seeing it for what it was, and why it would die. She and her husband have a loveless marriage they have not shared rooms for yearsand their son Jack is constantly ill.

Normally I am not a fan of early 20th century novels because they are very melodramatic, full of pathos and not very relatable.