Mar 20, 11
Read in March, 2011
Written by Kentucky environmental philosopher, poet, essayist, and novelist Wendell Berry, this fictional memoir tells the story of life in rural Kentucky from the 1920's through the early 2000's. Hannah Coulter is one of the series of stories of people from Port William, a fictional town on the the Ohio River, somewhere between Louisville and Cincinnati. Through Hannah's story we learn about family farm life in Kentucky and the details of close relationships developed through the interdependence within and between families. Through Hannah's narrative Berry chronicles the demise of the family farm and that aspect of rural America and ventures some into the impact of World War II on his beloved Kentucky and its people. Though the voice is female, Wendell Berry is present throughout. Having seen and heard Wendell Berry last year I particularly enjoyed this work. Hannah Coulter is a quick read,and I will likely read others in the "membership" series.