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Andy Catlett

Early Travels: A Novel

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December 1, 2007 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781593761646
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"Readers familiar with rural Kentucky novelist, poet and essayist Berry and his vast repertoire will feel right at home in this slim, memoirlike novel..." —Publishers Weekly

Andy Catlett is the latest installment in Wendell Berry’s Port William series, a distinct set of stories that Berry has been telling now for fifty years.

Set during the Christmas of 1943, nine-year-old Andy Catlett sets off to visit his grandparents in Port William by bus, and for the first time alone. For Andy this is a rite of passage, his first step into manhood. His experiences on this solitary voyage become pivotal points in the entire epic of Port William. The old ways are in retreat, modern life is crowding everything in its path, and as Andy looks back many years later, he hears the stories again of his neighbors and friends.

A beautiful short novel, now in paperback, is a perfect introduction to the whole world of Port William, and will be a rich new installment for those already familiar with this rich unfolding story.

WENDELL BERRY is the author of over forty books of fiction, poetry, and essays, including Citizenship Papers, Wendell Berry has farmed a hillside in his native Henry County, Kentucky, for forty years. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society.


“Readers familiar with rural Kentucky novelist (A Place on Earth), poet (A Timbered Choir) and essayist (Another Turn of the Crank) Berry and his vast repertoire will feel right at home in this slim, memoirlike novel narrated by the elderly Andy Catlett.” —Publishers Weekly

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