Hannah Coulter

Hannah Coulter

A Novel

Book - 2004
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great continuum of love and memory, grief and strength. Book jacket.
Now, in her late seventies, twice-widowed and alone, Hannah sorts through her memories: of her childhood, of young love and loss, of raising children and the changing seasons. She turns her plain gaze to a community facing its long deterioration, where, she says, "We feel the old fabric torn, pulling apart, and we know how much we have loved each other." Hannah offers her summation: her stories and her gratitude, for the membership in Port William, and for her whole life, a part of the
In the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long story about the citizens of Port William, Hannah Coulter remembers. Her first husband, Virgil, was declared "missing in action" shortly after the Battle of the Bulge, and after she married Nathan Coulter about all he could tell Hannah about the Battle of Okinawa was "Ignorant boys, killing each other." The community was stunned and diminished by the war, with some of its sons lost forever and others returning home determined to carry on.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Shoemaker & Hoard, c2004
ISBN: 1593760361
Branch Call Number: FIC BERRY
Characteristics: 190 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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ms_mustard
Aug 14, 2016

Hannah slowly seeped into my heart - seemingly simple; enormously moving. a time, a pace that won't return.

JCLEmilyW Apr 23, 2013

Quiet, deep, and lyrical, this book is worth reading and rereading. Author Wendell Berry has captured the atmosphere and rhythms of farming life from the perspective of Hannah Coulter, a woman whose life has been shaped by the Great Depression, World War II, and the national decline of the small family farm. Over the course of this short novel, Hannah perceptively and compassionately reflects on her long life and the people she has known, encompassing personal tragedies and joy in graceful, poetic prose.

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mjbest01
Apr 08, 2012

Very alive.

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