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That Distant Land

The Collected Stories

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February 24, 2005 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 448 Pages | ISBN 9781593760540
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"What unites [these stories] is a deep humanity, compassion and a sense of recognition that our modern lives unfolded at some point on Earth from stories such as these." —Seattle Times

That Distant Land includes twenty-three stories from Wendell Berry’s Port William membership arranged in their fictional chronology. The book shines forth as a single sustained work, not simply an anthology. It reveals Wendell Berry as a literary master capable of imaginative integrity over decades of writing with a multitude of characters followed over several generations. Combining The Wild Birds (1985), Fidelity (1992), and Watch With Me (1994), and including four never-before-collected stories and a map and geneaology of Port William, this book offers rest for the weary, hope for the beleaguered, and strength for the rest of us.

WENDELL BERRY is an essayist, novelist, and poet. He is the author of more than forty books. He lives and farms in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.

Praise

“What unites [these stories] is a deep humanity, compassion and a sense of recognition that our modern lives unfolded at some point on Earth from stories such as these.” —Seattle Times

“No writer has written of a place better or more completely than Wendell Berry has written of Port William.” —Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“Berry is an American treasure; this collection belongs in all literary fiction collections.” —Library Journal

“Berry’s writing is graceful, poignant and compassionate, and his feel for the inner lives of his quirky rural characters makes for many memorable portraits. A valuable work of literature and historical set piece, this collection vividly captures the fabric of a kind of all-American life.” —Publishers Weekly

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