A profound tale of honor, memory, and community set in the town of Port William, Kentucky, from "the prophet of rural America" (New York Times).
"An elegiac celebration of the end of innocence" (Kirkus Reviews), Berry's fifth novel is set against the turmoil of the World War II, A World Lost adds one more classic chapter to Berry's grand Port William series. The summer of 1944 finds nine-year-old Andy Catlett in the fictional town of Port William, occupied more with watching meadowlarks and dipping into the nearby spring than with the weary news of the day. But when his Uncle Andrew is murdered, Andy confronts his own sense of culpability for the senseless brawl that took his uncle's life. Told from Andy's perspective some fifty years later, the novel explores the gripping power of memory, even after decades have passed and asks each of us what in our own pasts we might have remedied.
"A sharp portrait of a small farming town nursing its secrets over several decades, and a penetrating celebration of the hold of family on the imagination." —Kirkus Reviews
"Brilliantly detailed characters and subtle social observations distinguish Berry's unassuming but powerful fifth novel. . . . This is simple, soul-satisfying storytelling, augmented by understated humor and quiet insight." —Publishers Weekly