Fidelity: Five Stories

Fidelity: Five Stories

by Wendell Berry


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Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry

"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 Book Review

Reissued as part of Counterpoint's celebration of beloved American author Wendell Berry, the five stories in Fidelity return readers to Berry's fictional town of Port William, Kentucky, and the familiar characters who form a tight-knit community within.

"Each of these elegant stories spans the twentieth century and reveals the profound interconnectedness of the farmers and their families to one another, to their past and to the landscape they inhabit." — The San Francisco Chronicle

"Visionary . . . rooted in a deep concern for nature and the land, . . . [these stories are] tough, relentless and clear. In a roundabout way they are confrontational because they ask basic questions about men and women, violence, work and loyalty." —Hans Ostrom, The Morning News Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640090750
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 261,106
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

WENDELL BERRY, an essayist, novelist, and poet, has been honored with the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, the John Hay Award of the Orion Society, and the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, among others. In 2010, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by Barack Obama, and in 2016, he was the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle. Wendell lives with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Henry County, Kentucky.

Table of Contents


1: Pray Without Ceasing

2: A Jonquil for Mary Penn

3: Making It Home

4: Fidelity

5: Are You Alright

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Fidelity: Five Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Wendell Berry books - a great lead in to the series of characters and places. Every book Berry has written, fiction, non-fiction, petry, and prose is a gem.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In a quintet of vignettes from Berry's make-believe Kentucky world, we are asked to see and understand the wonder and joy of common people performing acts of devotion, kindness and loving service. In a world of increasing distance and alienation, Wendell Berry celebrates a return to a culture founded on interpersonal sensitivity and concern and communal responsibility. His deeply held Christian ethic and practical application of moral principles are to be applauded. One of my favorite books and a frequent gift to friends who need to be uplifted or encouraged in their struggles and trials.