That Distant Land
includes twenty-three stories, interlinked with each other and with Berry's six other Port William novels. Arranged in their fictional chronology, these stories become a sustained work -- more novel than collection -- spanning the lives of five generations Berry himself imagined to life. 440 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
"That Distant Land" includes twenty-three stories from Wendell Berry's Port William membership. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book shines forth as a single sustained work, not simply an anthology. It reveals Wendell Berry as a literary master capable of managing an imaginative integrity over decades of writing with a multitude of characters followed over several generations. Combining "The Wild Birds" (1985), "Fidelity" (1992), and "Watch With Me" (1994), and including four never-before-collected stories and a map of Port William, this book offers rest for the weary, hope for the beleaguered, and strength for the rest of us.