Shivraj C C din Maujoke, Pakistan
This is a wonderful collection of short stories, all taking place in or around a fictional place in Kentucky invented by Berry. By the end of the book, you've become familiar with so many of the names and stories that characters reference, you begin to feel like part of this community Berry has created; like you're hearing your grandparent tell you stories about your distant relatives. Really a touching collection of life-affirming stories. These are slices of everyday life -- usually farm life -- and everyday people. The stories sometimes flirted with becoming cliched or corny, but they always managed to pull it off. Well worth reading.