How It Went: Thirteen More Stories of the Port William Membership

Counterpoint. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781640095816. $26. F
A boy bounds from limb to limb on a journey to catch a squirrel, an aged man supervises a fence repair with great disapproval, a hilarious recounting of a child uncovering a scandalous town secret; these and 10 other reminiscences compose the newest effort from Andy Catlett and the good citizens of Port William, as delivered to readers by prolific writer Berry. Spanning eight decades, these stories provide a glimpse into the rural and seemingly quiet lives of those that, perhaps, wish to lead what many might consider a simple life. And yet many profound lessons are found in these nostalgic pages. A look back at a life that has provided source material for many novels from Berry, this collection is composed of tales both short and snappy—the first 10 stories—as well as the dense and noteworthy—the final three seemingly longer and longer (though, certainly, none go on too long). Followers of the author’s previous work will no doubt love this florilegium, but no doubt this anthology has something for everyone.
VERDICT A solid collection from a dependable author, for fans and nonfans alike.
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