Avram Dehpour lived in a large, angular house of brick

and wood, at the end of Livingston Street, where the

lake lapped up against the grassy shore.  It was a

serious house, heavy and permanent, with roofs and eaves that

loomed over wide porches front and back.  The walls were

fitted with tall, narrow windows decorated with lead stencils of

sugar maples in leaf, the green-and-orange glass allowing sepia-toned views

of the water from almost any position inside, part of

what the architect called the “simple rhythm of a landscape

unobscured.”  The lake house was designed around five great fireplaces.


Paraphrases from the novel Waterborne by Bruce Murkoff.