A Timeless Place
The Ontario CottageBook - 2013
As Julia Harrison's first summer of living in Ontario approached, she became aware of the culture of the cottage. Friends talked of nothing but languid afternoons on the dock, but Harrison marveled at the investment of money and labor that the idyllic escapes demanded. Curious about the rich and passionate meaning these places seemed to hold, she studied cottagers in the Haliburton region over the course of seven years. Thoughtfully and engagingly written, A Timeless Place considers the family cottage as a place where memories are treasured, national identity is celebrated, spiritual balance is restored, and a few dark secrets are kept.
Harrison (anthropology, Trent University, Canada) reveals the culture and hidden assumptions in communities of lakeside summer cottages in the Haliburton County region of Ontario. Drawing on seven years of interviews with several generations of middle-class families who have kept cottages there since the end of WWII, the study explores issues of nature, national identity, family, gender, and privilege. The book is distributed in the US by University of Washington Press and in Canada by University of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)