The eight or nine months stigmatized as the “off-season” is a side of outer Cape Cod unknown to many of our summer visitors. Like a report from the dark side of the moon, The Strange Interlude of the Tree in the House captures the flavor of the so-called off-season—the poignancy of an October swim; a winter solstice meditation; rising to the occasion of the winter holidays with the mall an hour away; the politics of Christmas; the fallacy of the new year; the pulse of a small, isolated town in January; indispensable winter chores; rooting for storms and other compensatory pleasures of an outer Cape autumn and winter.
“Changed my life.”
“It's a wonderful book.”
“Totally gets snow and ice”
—Frosty the Snowman
“Yeah, yeah, the saps in Whoville will probably go for it bigtime”