How It Went: Thirteen More Stories of the Port William Membership
“Lyrical, immersive stories about work, neighbors, and the land . . . Berry has that gift for entertaining amid serious intent, and the many lighter, very human moments in his elegiac, cautionary, wistful stories keep them from sinking into jeremiad without diminishing his message. A fine collection by an enduring, endearing master.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Berry is a superb writer. His sense of what makes characters tick is extraordinary . . . Short stories don’t get any better than these. — People
Set in Port William, the fictional Kentucky town that’s long been home to Wendell Berry’s autobiographical character Andy Catlett, the thirteen stories collected here span the decades from the last mid-century to today.
At the age of eighty, Andy Catlett is preparing himself to join the whole Membership of Port William, which includes those alive as well as those departed who still seem vividly alive. As he looks back on his own life through thirteen stories that range from his earliest childhood memories to the present day, from 1945 to 2001, How It Went reveals Andy at his most loving and retrospective, coming to the end of his days surrounded by the love and memory of family and friends, living among the living and the dead.