That distant land : the collected stories /

by Berry, Wendell.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Washington, D.C. : [Berkeley, Calif.?] : Shoemaker & Hoard ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2004Description: 440 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1593760272 :.Title notes: $26.00 11-2004 (SPM)Subject(s): Port William (Ky. : Imaginary place) -- Fiction | Pastoral fiction, American | Country life -- Fiction | Kentucky -- Social life and customs -- FictionOnline resources: Table of contents
Contents:
The Hurt Man (1888) -- Don't Send a Boy to Do a Man's Work (1891) -- A Consent (1908) -- Pray Without Ceasing (1912) -- Watch With Me (1916) -- A Half-Pint of Old Darling (1920) -- The Lost Bet (1929) -- Thicker than Liquor (1930) -- Nearly to the Fair (1932) -- The Solemn Boy (1934) -- A Jonquil for Mary Penn (1940) -- Turn Back the Bed (1941) -- Making It Home (1945) -- Where Did They Go? (1947) -- The Discovery of Kentucky (1952) -- It Wasn't Me (1953) -- The Boundary (1965) -- That Distant Land (1965) -- A Friend of Mine (1967) -- The Wild Birds (1967) -- Are You All Right? (1973) -- Fidelity (1977) -- The Inheritors (1986).
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Originally published in 2005, That Distant Land brings together twenty-three stories from the Port William Membership. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book is not an anthology so much as it is a coherent temporal mapping of this landscape over time, revealing Berry's mastery of decades of the life lived alongside this clutch of interrelated characters bound by affection and followed over generations.</p> <p>This volume combines the stories found in The Wild Birds (1985), Fidelity (1992), and Watch with Me (1994), together with a map and a charting of the complex and interlocking genealogies.</p>

The Hurt Man (1888) -- Don't Send a Boy to Do a Man's Work (1891) -- A Consent (1908) -- Pray Without Ceasing (1912) -- Watch With Me (1916) -- A Half-Pint of Old Darling (1920) -- The Lost Bet (1929) -- Thicker than Liquor (1930) -- Nearly to the Fair (1932) -- The Solemn Boy (1934) -- A Jonquil for Mary Penn (1940) -- Turn Back the Bed (1941) -- Making It Home (1945) -- Where Did They Go? (1947) -- The Discovery of Kentucky (1952) -- It Wasn't Me (1953) -- The Boundary (1965) -- That Distant Land (1965) -- A Friend of Mine (1967) -- The Wild Birds (1967) -- Are You All Right? (1973) -- Fidelity (1977) -- The Inheritors (1986).

$26.00 11-2004 (SPM)

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Library Journal Review

Collected stories from three previous works plus four new stories combine in this capstone anthology by Kentucky poet and novelist Berry. Fictional Port William is located in the author's native state, but life there, as revealed in these interconnected tales spanning a century, is as far removed from today's hyperactive, uber-consumerist world as Mars. The fully realized town and its inhabitants-which include former schoolteacher Miss Minnie; her husband, giant farmer Ptolemy "Tol" Proudfoot; decent, thoughtful small-town lawyer Wheeler Catlett; and their friends, family, and neighbors-live in a world of hard work and simple truths. When old Jack Beechum dies in "It Wasn't Me," Wheeler tries hard to honor his final wish that tenant farmers Elton and Mary Penn be allowed to buy the farm they've tended so well. This plan, however, runs against that of Jack's worldly daughter and son-in-law, who are intent on selling the farm to the highest bidder. Berry is an American treasure; this collection belongs in all literary fiction collections.-Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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