The Tumble Inn
General Fiction Honorable Mention in the New England Book Festival
"In this moving novel, Mark Finley, our narrator, attempts to reconcile
the pull of a place and the pull of an anguished heart. Loizeaux is a
writer of profound insight and empathy."—Ron Rash, author of Serena: A Novel
"This powerful novel is not just about its characters. It’s about something
more. It evolves into a story about life itself, about how to balance in the
storms, about the unpredictable and unrepeatable circumstances of a life
lived fully and well in spite of our will, in spite of our plans. As with all
of William Loizeaux’s work, this novel is written from the heart, deeply
moving and memorable."—Robert Bausch, author of A Hole in the Earth
Praise for Loizeaux’s Anna: A Daughter’s Life . . .
"Powerful . . . this is honest writing . . . that
allows for humor, and that tracks the process
of becoming a parent and the process of bereavement
with extraordinary precision."—New York Times Book Review
"Stunningly clear-eyed and lyrical . . . the economy
and beauty of his words give this book a
kind of illuminating grace."—Washington Post Book World
Listen to an interview with North Country Public Radio
William Loizeaux is writer-in-residence in the Department of English at Boston University. In addition to essays and stories, Loizeaux has published two novels for children and two memoirs.
His memoir Anna: A Daughter’s Life was a New York Times Notable Book. Read more about The Tumble Inn at William Loizeaux’s website.
Book Description »[Hide »]
Tired of their high school teaching jobs and discouraged by their failed attempts
at conceiving a child, Mark and Fran Finley decide they need a change in their
lives. Abruptly, they leave their friends and family in suburban New Jersey to
begin anew as innkeepers on a secluded lake in the Adirondack Mountains.
There they muddle through their first season at the inn, serving barely edible
dinners to guests, stranding themselves in chest-deep snowdrifts, and somehow,
miraculously, amid swarms of ravenous black flies, conceiving a child, a girl
they name Nat. Years later, when Mark and Fran are nearing middle age and
Nat is a troubled teenager, Mark’s life is ripped apart, forever changed, and
he must choose between returning to his old home in New Jersey or trying to
rebuild what is left of his life and family in the place of his greatest joy and
deepest sorrow. The Tumble Inn is a moving drama about home and about the
fragility and resilience of love.
6 x 9, 176 pages