Hannah Coulter (Port William) (Paperback)

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Where
have I been?! Years ago our McLean & Eakin founder, Julie
Norcross, asked me if I had ever read Wendell Berry. Finally! Known as
the "Philosopher of Place", Wendell Berry writes quiet books about
people and places, gratitude, life and grief...and love.

Hannah Coulter weaves a wise and gentle story about farmers in Kentucky.
Hannah recalls her life from youth to old age. Her husband Virgil
goes off to World War II, never to return, leaving her with a baby he
would never see. The gracious family of her deceased husband surround
her with compassion and love and never stand in her way when she falls
for Nathan who has recently returned from the war Pacific Theater.
Hannah and Nathan's life together would be considered ordinary-working
their farm, growing their children and sending them out into the world
to find their own ways, if it were not for Hannah's introspective
revelations and observations. With wit and exquisite writing, Hannah
Coulter leaves you feeling so much wiser and comfortable within
yourself.

— Karen L.

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Hannah Coulter is Wendell Berry's seventh novel and his first to employ the voice of a woman character in its telling. Hannah, the now-elderly narrator, recounts the love she has for the land and for her community. She remembers each of her two husbands, and all places and community connections threatened by twentieth-century technologies. At risk is the whole culture of family farming, hope redeemed when her wayward and once lost grandson, Virgil, returns to his rural home place to work the farm.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781593760786
ISBN-10: 1593760787
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: September 30th, 2005
Pages: 190
Language: English
Series: Port William
 

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