The House on Salt Hay Road

A Novel

Carin Clevidence


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Long Island, 1938. A fireworks factory explodes in a quiet coastal town. In the house on Salt Hay Road, Clay Poole is thrilled by the hole it’s blown in everyday life. His older sister, Nancy, is more interested in the striking stranger who appears, dusted with ashes, in the explosion’s aftermath. The Pooles—taken in as orphans by their mother’s family—can’t yet know how the bonds of their makeshift household will be tested and frayed. A vivid and emotionally resonant debut, The House on Salt Hay Road captures the golden light of a vanished time, and the hold that home has on us long after we leave it.

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Spring 1937

The sound was the loudest Clayton Poole had ever heard, the

noise he imagined a bomb would make if the Huns attacked

Long Island. Twelve years old, a sturdy boy with freckles and a

blunt boxer’s jaw, he’d been sketching a line of sandpipers on

the bottom margin of his Elson Reader. Pretty Miss Collier, in

a brown-checked dress, stood with her back to the fifth- and

sixth-grade children, writing a list of spelling words on the blackboard.

The sound crashed around them like a breaking wave and

the windows rattled

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Praise for The House on Salt Hay Road

“A breathtaking new American voice.” —Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Unaccustomed Earth

“The fireworks in Carin Clevidence's first novel, The House on Salt Hay Road, come early, but the novel keeps a steady flame burning until its final scenes. . . . She has a gift for creating images that express the unspeakable. —The New York Times

“Spellbinding.” —Marie Claire

“The landscape is inseparable from the cycle of catastrophe and creation in this vivid novel.” —Los Angeles Times

“Lovely. . . Reading it, you can almost taste the clean, salty air of the South Shore. . . Clevidence's prose is, like the place she writes about, simple and precise.” —The Miami Herald

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About the Author

Carin Clevidence

Carin Clevidence has won a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and received a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Her stories have been published in a number of journals. The House on Salt Hay Road is her first novel.

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The House on Salt Hay Road
A Novel
Carin Clevidence

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
May 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312572969
ISBN10: 0312572964
5 x 7 15/16 inches, 304 pages

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429932905
ISBN10: 1429932902
304 pages

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