Originally published in 2005, That Distant Land brings together twenty-three stories from the Port William Membership. Arranged in their fictional chronology, the book is not an anthology so much as it is a coherent temporal mapping of this landscape over time, revealing Berry’s mastery of decades of the life lived alongside this clutch of interrelated characters bound by affection and followed over generations.
This volume combines the stories found in The Wild Birds (1985), Fidelity (1992), and Watch with Me (1994), together with a map and a charting of the complex and interlocking genealogies.
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These wonderful wise tragicomic stories chronicle the lives and loves of different characters inhabiting a small Kentucky town and its surroundings from the late 19th century to the late 20th. I especially loved the character of Tol. Wendell Berry does belong in the top ranks of American fiction writers. Who else could sustain a story for 30-odd pages about a group of men following another man through the woods--a story about nothing more than a walk, and yet, totally riveting?