The Green Bay Tree:
9781888683356 l $15.95
390 pages; 5 1/4" by 8 1/4"
a sophisticated and complex account of a family and its position
in society. John Shane, a mysterious gentleman appears in a Midwestern
town and builds his estate-Cypress Hill-beyond the penetrating
eyes of the townspeople who refer to it as Shane's Castle. After
his death, his widow Julia, and daughters Lily and Irene, make
no effort to quell the speculation of their neighbors. Steel mills
eventually surround Shane's Castle and its inhabitants, serving
only to enhance the appearance of the Shane clan's separateness.
With his keen storytelling, Bromfield carefully unfolds the stories
of a community of people and the Shane women with whom they are
fascinated, preoccupied, and even obsessed.
"The narrative is rich, deep, well rounded
in its conclusions."