A Place on Earth

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Counterpoint, 2001 - Fiction - 321 pages
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"For more than fifty years, Wendell Berry has been telling us stories about Port William, a mythical town on the banks of the Kentucky River, populated over the years by a cast of unforgettable characters living in a single place over a long time. In this new collection, the author?s first piece of new fiction since the publication of Andy Catlett in 2006, the stories date?s range from 1864, when Rebecca Dawe finds herself in her own reflection at the end of the Civil War, to one from 1991 when Grover Gibbs? widow, Beulah, attends the auction as her home place is offered for sale. It feels as if the entire membership, all the Catletts, Burley Coulter, Elton Penn, the Rowanberrys, Laura Milby, the preacher?s wife, Kate Helen Branch, Andy?s dog, Mike, nearly everyone returns with a story or two, to fill in the gaps in this long tale. Those just now joining the Membership will be charmed. Those who?ve attended before will be enriched. The story of the community of Port William is one of the great works in American literature. Published in the author?s 78th year, this collection, the tenth volume in the series, is the perfect occasion to celebrate his huge achievement." -- from publisher's website.

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Not sure if this is poetry or prose. - Goodreads
Lovely writing, real-life characters. - Goodreads
There is no happy ending, just a quiet acceptance. - Goodreads
Wendell Berry writes prose, but it reads like poetry. - Goodreads
What a beautiful writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

A quiet, heartfelt story with the beautiful writing of the poet Wendell Berry. Read full review

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User Review  - Darceylaine - Goodreads

This is one of Berry's earlier novels, which he edited later in his career. It wanders a bit more than his more recent novels and requires a little patience. While I think it is very worth reading, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky. Berry taught at Stanford University; traveled to Italy and France on a Guggenheim Fellowship; and taught at New York University and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, before moving to Henry County. Berry owns and operates Lanes Landing Farm, a small, hilly piece of property on the Kentucky River. He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community. Collected Poems, 1957-1982, was particularly well-received. Novels and short stories set in Port William, a fictional town paralleling his real-life home town of Port Royal further established his literary reputation. The Memory of Old Jack, Berry's third novel, received Chicago's Friends of American Writers Award for 1975. Berry reached his broadest audience and attained his greatest popular acclaim through his essays. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture is a springboard for contemporary environmental concerns. In his life as well as his art, Berry has advocated a responsible, contextual relationship with individuals in a local, agrarian economy.

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