It is 1976 and Andy Catlett, farmer and agricultural journalist, alone in San Francisco, is walking the streets at dawn. In the eight months since losing his right hand to a corn-picking machine, he has also lost himself and his sense of place. The abrasiveness of the city and Andy’s critical view of his disfigured body join his acute awareness of the moral disfigurement around him. Two thousand miles from his home in Kentucky, he begins to remember—people, places, and the comfort of knowing the land intimately. Andy’s reveries of the past evoke an America once governed by the principles of humanity and a love of the land. Inspiring and eye-opening, Remembering follows Andy’s journey out of darkness and into better sight.
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“In Remembering, Wendell Berry has constructed an almost perfect fiction, a sublime meditation on how irrevocable loss is redeemed through a renewed sense of kinship with the land and the past... A beautiful and ennobling book.” —Washington Post
WENDELL BERRY is an essayist, novelist, and poet, 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.
“In Remembering, Wendell Berry has constructed an almost perfect fiction, a sublime meditation on how irrevocable loss is redeemed through a renewed sense of kinship with the land and the past… A beautiful and ennobling book.” —Washington Post
“Berry writes with grace and eloquence of the beauty in handed-down lives.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Andy’s] journey from spiritual darkness to light, from wounded alienation to healed community, conveyed by Berry’s exact and sensitive prose, constitutes an epic poem of American agriculture as much as a short novel. In it, Berry weds more happily than ever before his skills as one of our finest, keenest-eyed, sharpest-eared poets to his moral concerns as our preeminent philosopher of agriculture.” —Booklist
“This short, intensely lyrical novel celebrates ‘the hope and dream of membership’ in a community of friends and relations, all of whom share in each other’s past and in their respect for nature… [Remembering] ends as pure poetry.” —Kirkus