Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox

I discovered this older book when I read an author interview on the website Bookslut. In the interview, Brox described the writing of her three accounts of life on a New England farm not far from urban Boston. Here and Nowhere Else is the first of the books and introduces her family and their challenge to adapt their farm business to the modern economy. She writes very forthrightly about her brother’s dissatisfaction as a hand for their father and her own return to operate the farm store. She combines poetic descriptions of the land with accounts of the family dysfunctions. Readers who enjoy this book should then continue with her other books Five Thousand Days Like This One and Clearing Land. Readers should then turn to Wendell Berry's novel Hannah Coulter.

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