When Kate Whouley saw the classified ad for an abandoned vacation cottage, she began to dream. Transport the cottage through four Cape Cod towns. Attach it to my three-room house. Create more space for my work and life. Smart, single, and self-employed, Kate was used to fending for herself. But she wasn’t prepared for half the surprises, complications, and self-discoveries of her house-moving adventure.
Supported by friends and family, and egged on by Egypt, her bossy gray cat, Kate encountered a parade of town officials, a small convoy of State Police, and an eccentric band of house-movers, carpenters, and tradesmen. She found herself dancing on the edge of the gender divide–infatuated with trucks, cranes, tools, construction terms, and a dreamy mason who teaches her the history of concrete.
Sketched with a deft hand and told with an open heart, Cottage for Sale is a deeply personal story that captivates, inspires, and delights. In one remarkable year, Kate moved a cottage and created a home. Once you cross the threshold, you’ll never want to leave.
“A pitch-perfect description of both small-town life and personal anticipation . . . I loved Cottage for Sale.”
–ANNA QUINDLEN, Book-of-the-Month Club News
–The Wall Street Journal
“Whouley’s gentle memoir . . . deftly explores the themes of independence, pride of place and loss.”
–The New York Times
“There is so much here you will want to read it twice. . . . It’s one of those books in which the author has taken something personal and made it universal.”