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Nathan Coulter

A Novel

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May 28, 2008 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 128 Pages | ISBN 9781582434094
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“Berry is especially recommended to readers struggling with the moral and ethical questions confronting contemporary Americans.” —Newsday

When Wendell Berry finished the first draft of Nathan Coulter at the end of the 1950s, he had no idea his interest in these characters would continue for more than fifty years. Yet it was only the beginning of a long celebration of the citizens of Port William, Kentucky.

Focusing on young Nathan, who struggles to grow up and understand the value of land and family, Berry provides a lyrical vision of one’s compassionate duty to the land and community. When Nathan comes to a realization after the death of his grandfather, he echoes Berry’s own ideals by proclaiming that “his life couldn’t be divided from the days he’d spent at work in his fields.”

WENDELL BERRY is an essayist, novelist, and poet. He has been honored with the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. Author of more than forty books, he has farmed a hillside in his native Henry County, Kentucky, together with his wife, for almost fifty years.

Praise

“An assured depiction of the coming of age of a young man in rural America… By any standards an unusual and rewarding writer, Berry is especially recommended to readers struggling with the moral and ethical questions confronting contemporary Americans.” —Newsday

“Spare, elegant and eloquent… [Nathan Coulter] is an absolute jewel.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“The Coulter family, like the rest of the people who dwell in this tiny farming community… are caught on the wheel of nature, which is at once blindingly beautiful and unwittingly cruel… The narrative is stunning, the natural scene is beautifully evoked.” —Los Angeles Times

“Berry’s prose, so carefully tuned you never know it is there, carries us into the very heart of Nathan Coulter and into the land itself.” —San Jose Mercury News

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