Donald Hall, former Poet Laureate of the United States, in this novella gives himself “the thing I wanted most, a boyhood Christmas at Eagle Pond Farm.” This brief story, set in December 1940, brings us back to his grandparents’ farm in central New Hampshire. They raise everything they eat, save salt, pepper and coffee, and work every daylight hour to accomplish that. Hall, now an old man himself, brings his grandparents, other relatives and friends back to life for us, “celebrating the golden dead” and a way of life that is largely gone also. I really enjoyed this story.
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RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh