I just finished Hannah Coulter and it has impressed me enough to want to read more of Wendell Berry's Port William series. As far as contemporary writers, Wendell might be the most talented out there right now. His descriptions of relationships and personal dealings is superb.
His depiction of courtship between Hannah and Virgil is very cool even for guys.
His concept of Membership is intriguing. It's an obvious response to the personal alienation common in today's society. It is obviously not a Catholic answer though. Berry is obviously a religious man, but it seems to be a more privatized protestant religion that is pervasive in America. Life in the Membership does
include depictions of Religious activities or church attendance. In contrast, we just watched John Ford's (a Catholic) HowGreen is My Valley (one of his best) and religion (albeit Protestantism) is intertwined with life in the Welsh valley town.
I found Jayber Crow in the library. I'm told I need read Place on Earth, which is told from Virgil's dad 's perspective. I guess I'll have to look around on Amazon for a used copy.