Watch with Me: And Six Other Stories of the Yet-Remembered Ptolemy Proudfoot and His Wife, Miss Minnie, Née Quinch


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Counterpoint LLC
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.


Praise for Watch With Me

"Wendell Berry writes with a good husbandman's care and economy... His stories are filled with gentle humor." --New York Times Book Review

"Berry is the master of earthy county living seen through the eyes of laconic farmers... He makes his stories shine with meaning and warmth." --Christian Science Monitor

"A small treasure of a book... part of a long line that descends from Chaucer to Katherine Mansfield to William Trevor." --Chicago Tribune

"With the simplicity of folk tales, these stories beautifully evoke a world where people live in relatively harmony with nature, the land and community, and where neighborliness and human scale still matter." --Publishers Weekly

"This charming collection examines the lives of Tol and Miss Minnie on their Kentucky farm from 1908 to 1941. Despite its universal appeal, this book is distinctly Southern, rich with delightful colloquialisms and the mores and attitudes of rural folk of that time. Some stories are framed... underscor[ing] the fact that storytelling and the past are integral to Southern society... Every reader deserves the opportunity to meet Tol and Miss Minnie." --Library Journal

"These seven stories relate incidents in the life of a very good man, Ptolemy--'Tol'--Proudfoot, towering final scion of a line of Kentucky farmers loved for their gentleness, intelligence, and gregariousness and their sense of and love for their place and work in the world... Their diction is as chaste as a Bible story's; they express a biblical reverence for life and community, yet they're funny, too, and so beautiful." --Booklist

"The local nature of their canny, comic tonalities, the old-timey subtitle, and the fact that all the action takes place before 1942 might lead browsers to take these Berry stories as merely quaint. That would be a mistake. In fact, like Isaac Bashevis Singer, Berry has been expanding by contraction, husbanding by close focus--in Berry's case, on the familiar demesne of Port William, Ky... The long title story, which closes the collection, is a masterpiece... The tale clarifies Berry's direction, as he moves way beyond nostalgia toward an immersion in other lives that expresses itself as a sense of intimate apartness--a willingness to follow his characters, but not necessarily to change them. Poetry nestled inside prose: startlingly and classically moving." --Kirkus Reviews