Lit Site: The Weissmanns’ Westport

Want to see the beach cottage that Betty Weissmann and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, live in? Take a stroll on Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury avenues along the Westport, CT, shore, and pick any of the gabled-roof or picked-fenced cottages that line these adorable streets. All inspired the house in The Three Weissmanns of Westport, said author Cathleen Schine, who grew up in this beachside community.

Indeed, most of the setting of The Three Weissmanns is right there at Westport’s Compo Beach, which is bordered by both Long Island Sound and the Saugatuck River. Fans who want to visit Compo and walk where the Weissmanns do will also find at the 29-acre park a boardwalk, pavilion, concession stand, two sand volleyball courts, large wooden playscape, and bathroom facilities with lockers. The beach is adjacent to the Ned Dimes Marina and is handicapped accessible.

Additional recreational facilities include a baseball field, basketball court and skate park. No visit, however, would be complete without a stop at the two Revolutionary War-era cannons that mark the landing and departure point of British forces in 1777 and appear in The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

“I don’t think it’s a writer’s job to make people feel comfortable” – Rachel Urquhart, whose novel The Visionist was chosen as one of O’s must-reads, among other notable honors. Hear Rachel on the August 4 Literary New England Radio Show, along with guests Kimberly Elkins on What Is Visible, Katherine Howe on Conversion and Nadia Hashimi on The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. Save the date!! Listeners will have the chance to win each of these novels.

Emma Straub, Rich Marcello, Joanna Rakoff & Dorothea Benton Frank

Want to find a great summer read or hear the stories behind some of the books everyone’s talking about? Tune in to the Monday, July 21, 2014 Literary New England Radio Show for interviews with:

  • Emma Straub on The Vacationers
  • Rich Marcello on The Big Wide Calm
  • Joanna Rakoff on My Salinger Year
  • Dorothea Benton Frank on The Hurricane Sisters

Listeners can also win each of these novels!