A review by booktalkwithkarla
Jayber Crow, by Wendell Berry

emotional funny hopeful reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Through Jayber Crow, we are taken to Port William, Kentucky (and a few other places) where we meet a community and hear about ordinary life and death across decades. In his role as town barber, Jayber hears much and shares his observations and insights. 

Wendell Berry unveils the realities - of daily life, relationships, war, and death - with poetic prose, dialogue, seriousness, and humor. His words are a delight to read and offer many quotable passages.

I enjoyed meandering with the citizens of Port William. Nostalgia and longing for simpler times were my heart’s plea as I read Jayber Crow. This is a book I didn’t want to end and will revisit.