Winner of the 1996 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award

After years of living away Jane Brox made the decision to return to the family farm of her birth, where her aging father still tended the crops. In this striking memoir of her reintroduction to the land and its habits, Brox captures the cadences of farm life and those who sustain it, at a time when the viability of both are waning.


Jane Brox is the author of three other books: BRILLIANT: The Evolution of Artificial Light; CLEARING LAND: Legacies of the American Farm; FIVE THOUSAND DAYS LIKE THIS ONE, which was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Maine Arts Commission. Jane Brox has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College and is currently on the nonfiction faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.