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Fraternity Village

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Amereon House (first published June 1989)
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3.5 stars

Fraternity Village, authored by Ben Ames Williams, is a compilation of short stories that interweave the lives and times of characters residing in Fraternity, Maine, at the turn of the twentieth century. Each story was beautifully written in its descriptions of both the land and its inhabitants: “Indolence rode him; he wore it like a garment.”

Ben, the storyteller who returns to Fraternity on a regular basis to hunt and fish, takes us through the horse-and-buggy days to the first autos
Old-fashioned and sentimental and quite enjoyable. It took a few stories, but I grew to appreciate the writing style and predictability. The author truly loved the people and land of past days in Maine. His appreciation shines through and enriches today's reader.
Ray Estabrook
Each short story grew progressively better till finally the last two, "My Grandmothers Leg" and "Road Discontinued" were really gripping. All in all well worth reading. And now when I drive through Searsmont I will know why the store is called fraternity Village store...
Highly enjoyable collection of short stories Williams published in a variety of magazines. All about a village in Maine, its inhabitants, and their lives. Lots of hunting, fishing, Yankee ingenuity, and a few tall tales.
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