Syracuse University Press
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Featuring: Fran Finley; Mark Finley
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Tired of their high school teaching jobs and discouraged
their failed attempts at conceiving a child, Mark and Fran
Finley decide they need a change in their lives. Abruptly,
they leave their friends and family in suburban New Jersey
to begin anew as innkeepers on a secluded lake in the
There they muddle through their first season at the inn,
serving barely edible dinners to guests, stranding
themselves in chest-deep snowdrifts, and somehow,
miraculously, amid swarms of ravenous black flies,
conceiving a child, a girl they name Nat. Years later,
Mark and Fran are nearing middle age and Nat is a troubled
teenager, Mark’s life is ripped apart, forever changed,
he must choose between returning to his old home in New
Jersey or trying to rebuild what is left of his life and
family in the place of his greatest joy and deepest
The Tumble Inn is a moving drama about home and about the
fragility and resilience of love.
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