Berry has the soul of a poet, the pen of a novelist, the barbed insight of an essayist.
His literary output features the construction of a community and all its inhabitants, Port William. Over the course of his long career he has fleshed out that fictional world, creating of whole cloth a microcosm of the human condition.
About the same time I watched his interview with President Carter, I saw his name appear in the Dallas Morning News book section. There on the list of ten must-read books was his latest novel at the time, a beautiful volume with the wonderful title, Jayber Crow.
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