Reviews

  • Praise for Wendell Berry: One of America's finest prose writers

    Publishers Weekly
  • Berry richly evokes Port William's farmlands and hamlets, and his characters are fiercely individual, yet mutually protective in everything they do. . . . His sentences are exquisitely constructed, suggesting the cyclic rhythms of his agrarian world

    New York Times
  • Intricate and beautiful, sad but strong

    Washington Post
  • A small treasure . . . part of a long line that descends from Chaucer to Katherine Mansfield to William Trevor.

    Chicago Tribune
  • Berry is the master of earthy country living seen through the eyes of laconic farmers.... He makes his stories shine with meaning and warmth

    Christian Science Monitor
  • What unites [these stories] is a deep humanity, compassion and a sense of recognition that our modern lives unfolded at some point on Earth from stories such as these

    Seattle Times
  • No writer has written of a place better or more completely than Wendell Berry has written of Port William

    Arkansas Democrat Gazette
  • Berry is an American treasure; this collection belongs in all literary fiction collections

    Library Journal
  • Berry's writing is graceful, poignant and compassionate, and his feel for the inner lives of his quirky rural characters makes for many memorable portraits. A valuable work of literature and historical set piece, this collection vividly captures the fabric of a kind of all-American life

    Publishers Weekly
  • Wendell Berry writes with a good husbandman's care and economy . . . His stories are filled with gentle humor

    New York Times Book Review

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