The Right-Hand Shore


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Picador USA
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5.56 X 0.96 X 8.23 inches | 0.71 pounds
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About the Author

Christopher Tilghman is the author of two short story collections, In a Father's Place and The Way People Run, and two previous novels, Mason's Retreat and Roads of the Heart.


"The Right-Hand Shore is the dark, magisterial creation of a writer with an uncanny feel for the intersections of place and character in American history....Tilghman unfolds his harsh lesson with precision, delicacy, and startling humor." --The New York Times Book Review

"I just kept rereading isolated sentences--like lines of poetry--to savor his descriptions....With The Right-Hand Shore, Tilghman remains 'the real deal.'" --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

"Elegant and engrossing...Tilghman writes so beautifully...[weaving] an intoxicating spell." --John Freeman, The Boston Globe

"Tilghman maneuvers through the misery of three generations, following each elegant plot turn inevitably back to its source: this living breathing land on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay....The tale's descent into tragedy is nevertheless beautiful...Exquisite." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rich in narrative and vision, this is an absorbing and poignant tale of family, race, and love of land." --Booklist

"Christopher Tilghman is a novelist's novelist in that he can hold the years in his head and then deal them out in a layered story so achingly gracious and incisive that it becomes for a week in a reader's house the very reason for the chair, the lamp. The story of these families, race, a love that is ultimately natural and forbidden, the history of peaches, offered in Tilghman's astonishing prose is a reader's deep pleasure...This is a big, wonderful novel." --Ron Carlson, author of The Signal and Five Skies