String too short to be saved: Recollections of Summers on a New England Farm
This is a collection of stories diverse in subject, but sutured together by the limitless affection the author holds for the land and the people of New England. Donald Hall tells about life on a small farm where, as a boy, he spent summers with his grandparents. Gradually the boy grows to be a young man, sees his grandparents aging, the farm become marginal, and finally, the cows sold and the barn abandoned. But these are more than nostalgic memories, for in the measured and tender prose of each episode are signs of the end of things—a childhood, perhaps a culture. In an Epilogue written for this edition, Donald Hall describes his return to the farm 25 years later, to live the rest of his life in the house of string.
Author: Donald Hall