"Smack in the middle of Kansas, Section 27 in McPherson County has been occupied by the Penner family since 1874. Although few of the area's residents have direct ties to the past, Mil Penner still farms the land that his family has worked for over 125 years. His account of daily life on a Mennonite family farm near Inman, Kansas, retells a universal story of the American heartland sharpened by personal accounts of one family's enduring relationship to the land." In this collection of brief, evocative vignettes, Penner traces the influence of pioneer roots on the present generation as he chronicles the transformation of the land from untouched prairie to productive farm. As a boy, young Mil rubbed shoulders with the very pioneers who tamed the prairies, and he now draws on those recollections and memories passed on by his father to make the past come alive.
An extremely interesting and valuable memoir of life on a family farm and how that life changed over the course of a century and a quarter. In Section 27, Penner has created a universe in miniature in prose as fresh as the grass itself. . . . reminiscent of John Ise's classic Sod and Stubble.
A powerful work that chronicles the transitions and maturation of a reflective farmer in central Kansas. Penner, an enthusiastic participant in the trans-formation of the prairie landscape, reconsiders what he has done and what he ought to do in relation to land and community. He is utterly effective as a voice of his place, his class, and his generation. He speaks with authenticity: this stuff rings true.