The book’s thesis, or so it seems to me, is that small, organic communities—especially farming communities—are most conducive to love and human flourishing. It very effectively depicts how farming, tending the land, can improve both the land and the people who tend it. In this it reminds me of a line from an old Zionist song, “We came to the land to build and to be built.” Hannah grows up on a rather poor farm and winds up living her life on a more prosperous one. It is a life devoted to family, friendship, and work.
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