The Town and the Troublesome Strangers, 1880-1980

by M. H. Neuendorffer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/24/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781514413234
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781514413241
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781514413210

About the Book

Before I started this book in 2002, I had had a persistent urge for years to write a story about a small New England town—namely, Northfield, Massachusetts—that I loved and knew well. Six generations of my family have gone there. The first ancestor of mine arrived in 1890, and for more than one hundred years afterward, family members returned in the spring, summer, and fall seasons. As a child, I remember overhearing my parents telling of the rich historical past of Northfield and also discussing the present-day activities of the hardworking, firm, established New Englanders who lived there. The main theme of this book is the recurring interaction between the permanent townspeople, some of whose family names date back to 1672, and the different and often troublesome groups of people that made their way to Northfield and settled down, less for farming than for other reasons, throughout the years 1880–1980. Many stayed for a long time, but eventually the groups broke up and moved away, all except for a few. The story also includes the travels of young people from Northfield to U.S. cities such as NYC; Corona, Long Island, New York; Washington, DC; and the world, such as France, Germany (1939), and the South Pacific during World War II, but most returned to Northfield to familiar sights. The tall trees still line the wide Main Street in front of the colonial-style houses, and the Connecticut River still flows south, and Northfield Mountain rose high above the town. I hope this book proves interesting and highlights the puzzle of human nature compared to the pleasantness of natural scenery.

About the Author

Mary Helen Moore Neuendorffer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For over one hundred years, starting in 1880, her family went to Northfield, Massachusetts, in the spring, summer, and fall. She attended Mt. Holyoke College and Connecticut for Women, where her courses included English literature and creative writing. After she married, the family lived in Stonington, Connecticut; Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, New York; and also lived in Europe for three years, two years in Paris, France, and one year in Brussels, Belgium. Her book “The Town and The Troublesome Strangers, 1880-1980” is her first completed historical novel. She now lives in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.