: Even before the Clintons made Martha's Vineyard one of their favorite
vacation spots, the island had a firmly established reputation as a
special place. In this profile, Carpineto interviews the natives to
examine how the island has changed, where it has come from, and where
it is going.
KIRKUS REVIEWS, April 15, 1998 : After visiting the island a number of times,
Carpineto decided to dig deeper than the tourist surface, to
gain a sense of why so many people think of the Vineyard as a
For two years on and off, she sampled each
of the months and each of the towns, beaches, and festivals,
and interviewed a slew of residents, both year-rouders and summer
people, conservationists and developers, T-shirts sellers and
boat builders, long-time citizens and new arrivals.
is smart enough to know the oddities are a spice, and the main
ingredients lie elsewhere. A shrewd look at Martha's Vineyard,
mercifully celebrity-free and pleasingly idiosyncratic with the