by Wendell Berry
This is the second of Berry's books that I've read. Jayber Crow shares many of the same themes, characters, and beautiful writing that I so enjoyed in Hannah Coulter. Berry is an artist with words, and his writing is poignant and moving. He makes you nostalgic for the old ways and a simpler life, even if you've never even really experienced those things yourself. That's good writing.
While I didn't enjoy this story quite as much as Hannah Coulter or find as many "quotable" lines, I did appreciate the fact that Jayber Crow is all about finding a simpler life, becoming part of a community, and remaining faithful to the people you love, even when that love is not reciprocated. It's well worth reading. Go check it out!
I'm sorry for the brevity here - getting ready for our move to Spain has me pretty preoccupied lately, and I haven't had much time for blogging. Thanks for sticking with me!