A World Lost by Wendell Berry

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"Brilliantly detailed characters and subtle social observations distinguish Berry's unassuming but powerful fifth novel....This is simple, soul-satisfying storytelling". Publishers Weekly"An elegiac celebration of the end of innocence....A sharp portrait of a small farming town nursing its secrets over several decades". Kirkus ReviewsAndy Catlett is nine years old when his Uncle Andrew is murdered, and the tragedy destroys his sense of identity and order. Still haunted by the death as an adult, Andy works to gather details of the tragedy from the fragile memories of family, neighbors, and friends.
 

About Wendell Berry

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Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal, the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For more than forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.
 
Published May 28, 2008 by Counterpoint. 112 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Berry deftly balances Andy's investigation into the town's past with an equally moving portrait of his growing realization not only of the sustaining value of memory but of the manner in which people are shaped in enduring ways by what they love.

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Look around!'” If Te Selle's densely detailed black-and-white drawings were any more realistic, readers would be able to see Whitefoot's tiny furry body breathing.

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The 1944 murder of the young protagonist's uncle accompanies him into adulthood.

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