This is old news for most of you, but this new series was announced in Publisher’s Marketplace the other day:
Just announced today: new book deal for Suzanne Woods Fisher – PETTICOAT ROW, in the early 19th century, Nantucket Island was the whaling capital of the world; Quakers had settled and civilized much of Nantucket, introducing the Christian faith to the island, and bringing with them a belief in equality for all – race and gender; most of the men of Nantucket left the island on lengthy whaling voyages, leaving behind the women to manage homes and businesses; the women of Nantucket shaped their world to cope with their responsibilities, houses were built close together to form a sense of community and Centre Street was commonly known as “Petticoat Row” because the women ran the shops on that street during their husband’s absences. 3 book series.

I first visited Nantucket in 1989 and fell in love with this island. That was when the idea of Petticoat Row began. I’ve been back six or seven times since. In fact, I was just there a week ago, doing research and making contacts. The series won’t be out until 2014, but I’m excited to get started on it. Here are some pix from my most recent trip:
Jethro Coffin house. Oldest house in Nantucket (though some would say that Auld Lang Syne in Sconset is the oldest.

The Old Mill. Still grinding away!

Sankaty Lighthouse

This, I thought, would be a delightful writing studio.

Everyone needs to be photographed under this.

Used to be a horse drinking fountain. See the cobblestones? My mom has a pix of this taken from a visit to Nantucket in the 30s! Oh why oh why didn’t my grandparents buy land back then?!

View of the harbor, taken from a Widow’s Walk at my B&B.

Another pix taken from the Widow’s Walk. That’s the peak of the Congregational Church’s steeple.

Do you have a place that you love? The kind of place where, if you were told you had a few weeks to live, you’d pack a bag and head there. That’s what Nantucket is like for me.

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