This is a collection of stories, diverse in subject, but sutured together by the limitless affection the author holds for the land and the people of New England. Donald Hall tells about life on a small farm where, as a boy, he spent summers with his grandparents. Gradually the boy grows to be a young man, sees his grandparents aging, the farm become marginal, and finally, the cows sold and the barn abandoned. But these are more than nostalgic memories, for in the measured and tender prose of each episode are signs of the end of things — a childhood, perhaps a culture. In an Epilogue written for this edition, Donald Hall describes his return to the farm twenty-five years later, to live the rest of his life in the house of string.
We take pleasure in bringing back into print this classic account of boyhood summers in old New England, with the addition of an Epilogue and an album of family snapshots.
String Too Short to be Saved memorializes a time that is no more, but can live on forever in the warmth of the heart.
—Joyce Bupp, Advisor
The best essays … to have been written about New England.
—The New York Times
This collection of personal reminiscences glows with the affection he has for the land, the people, and the customs of rural New England…Each vignette in this poignant collection contains the telltale signs of an era’s end, of a proud culture in transition, and of a land in jeopardy. Not only beautiful writing, it is also a gentle paean to a disappearing landscape and way of life. Extraordinarily well-written and a pleasure to read from beginning to end…very highly recommended.
—James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review