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The story told from Hannah's perspective at the end of her life. Her stories and ours really are of all the people,friends,family This novel is the story of Hannah Coulter told in first person of her life from the 's to the early 's. She grew up on a small farm in Kentucky, then after leaving the farm, she tells of Wendell Berry The prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Wendell Berry is a fifth-generation native of north central Kentucky.

He embraced full-time farming as a career, using horses and organic methods to tend the land. Harmony with nature in general, and the farming tradition in particular, is a central theme of Berry's diverse work. As a poet, Berry gained popularity within the literary community.

Hannah Coulter. Wendell Berry.

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Surely, they are fewer and fewer in number, but they remember, and they are great storytellers. And, it is the doyenne of the Port William membership, Hannah Coulter, who has told her story. Life and living was never just a simple notion of economic determinism. Her life revolved around God, family, community and place, nourished by truth, goodness, and justice.

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The uncontrived goodness of the membership is best described in how they cared for the elderly. They were not abandoned in their dotage. The hay and tobacco was always cut, the fences mended, the stock watered and fed. Hannah and Mary Penn and any of a half dozen ladies would help Mrs. Feltner in cooking and cleaning and canning and in whatever chore needed doing. But, Hannah tells her story from an awareness of self and an understanding of community.

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She always knew who she was, never complaining about a lack of advantages, never engaging in self-pity. She saw the membership, her family, herself, as gifts. Her excellent mind, her good health, the love that surrounded her were gifts and she accepted, and nourished, and cherished those gifts. There was never any need to blindly consume. Her joy and happiness were at the core of her being. And, this attitude, this way of life, was part of the membership. There was no bookkeeping, no accounting, no settling up.

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