This was a lovely book. It wasn’t really the story itself that was moving, although the story was very nice, but the way the story was told. It had such beautiful writing, and a great descriptive pattern that made it come alive. The general story is about the evening on a working farm when the patriarch of the family tells stories about his past life.
I think the author was writing in an effort to bring the story to life, using the reader’s senses. The author’s note at the beginning explains it all, and gives easily my favorite quote from a book: “If books could have more, give more, be more, they would still need readers, who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books. The book needs you.”