Published in 1967, we return to Port William during the Second World War to revisit Jayber Crow, the barber, Uncle Stanley, the gravedigger, Jarrat and Burley, the sharecroppers, and Brother Preston, the preacher, as well as Mat Feltner, his wife Margaret, and his daughter-in-law Hannah, whose son will be born after news comes that Hannah’s husband Virgil is missing.
"The earth is the genius of our life,” Wendell Berry writes here. “The final questions and their answers lie serenely coupled in it."
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A splendid, warm, heartfelt novel about countrymen by a countryman...What a pleasure it is to read a book about decent people who love or like or at least tolerate each other.
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This book is one of my all-time favorites in life. Simply a beautiful, splendidly well-written and heart opening story about a man coming to terms with his son's MIA status. The way Berry handles the character's loss, and the fact that his sorry is unbearable is simply other worldly. If you read nothing else of Wendall Berry, read this. You will cherish it.