Jayber Crow, born in Goforth, Kentucky, orphaned at age ten, began his search as a "pre-ministerial student" at Pigeonville College. There, freedom met with new burdens and a young man needed more than a mirror to find himself. But the beginning of that finding was a short conversation with "Old Grit," his profound professor of New Testament Greek. "You have been given questions to which you cannot be given answers. You will have to live them out--perhaps a little at a time."
"And how long is that going to take?"
"I don't know. As long as you live, perhaps."
"That could be a long time."
"I will tell you a further mystery," he said. "It may take longer."
Eventually, after the flood of 1937, Jayber becomes the barber of the small community of Port William, Kentucky. From behind that barber chair he lives out the questions that drove him from seminary and begins to accept the gifts of community that enclose his answers. The chair gives him a perfect perch from which to listen, to talk, and to see, as life spends itself all around. In this novel full of remarkable characters, he tells his story that becomes the story of his town and its transcendent membership.
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Review: Jayber CrowUser Review - Andrew Tucker - Goodreads
Wonderful. Just finished this book maybe 2 minutes ago, so my thoughts are fresh and still being sorted out. Berry's prose is poetic, beautiful, and clear. Many books I have read form characters ... Read full review
Review: Jayber CrowUser Review - Kari Way - Goodreads
I had troubles getting into at first. Put it down and came back to it months later. After completing it, it became one of my favorite books. Read full review