To Mari Michener who cared for the geese, the herons, the ospreys and the cardinals
For some time now they had been suspicious of him.
But a family rises or falls primarily because of the way it marshals its genetic inheritance and puts it to constructive use.
His horrible mistake had been to abandon the land which had nurtured him; men are not obligated to cling forever to the piece of land that bore them, but they had better pay attention to the principles they derived from it.
“A lot of money for six minutes’ work.” … “Five dollars for doin’, forty-five for knowin’.”
The soil they took would be moved to some other spot along the Chesapeake, there to be utilized in some new fashion for perhaps a thousand years, after which the waves would borrow it again, using and reusing until that predictable day when the great world-ocean would sweep in to reclaim this entire peninsula, where for a few centuries life had been so pleasant.
"Michener's most ambitious work of fiction in theme and scope." THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER "Brilliantly written." ASSOCIATED PRESS Once again James A. Michener brings history to life with this 400-year saga of America's great bay and its Eastern Shore. Following Edmund Steed and his remarkable family, who parallel the settling and forming of the nation, CHESAPEAKE sweeps readers from the unspoiled world of the Native Americans to the voyages of Captain John Smith, the Revolutionary War, and right up to modern times.
From the Paperback edition.
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The four-hundred-year saga of America's Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the present. The central scene of Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly more than 10 miles square. To this point come the founders of families that will dominate the story. A panoramic narrative of human and animal life on Maryland's Eastern Shore focuses on a ten-square-mile area at the mouth of the Choptank River and the families that settle there, from 1583 to the present.… (more)