Originally read & written in 2010.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us.
If you ever want to get a sense for what it should be like to be the Body of Christ, a true community knit together by love despite each one’s various faults and failings and frictions, I have read nothing that demonstrates it better than the two Port Williams novels I have read so far: Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter. “Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it.
Now I just need to ask the library to purchase more of his novels.