A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck GraceLarge Print - 2012
Visiting Tom is dominated by the elderly man's equanimity and ultimately by unvarnished tenderness.
Tuesdays with Morrie meets Shop Class as Soulcraft as Michael Perry, a middle-aged father of daughters, finds guidance and inspiration in visits with his octogenarian, cannon-shooting neighbor. Visiting Tom celebrates the wisdom, heart, and sass of a vanishing generation that embodies the indomitable spirit of small-town America.
While Foxfire fans will relish the emphasis on forgotten crafts and tools, others will appreciate Perry's gift as a bucolic wordsmith, etching a sensitive portrait of vanishing country life. - Publishers Weekly
Warmhearted . . . .engaging . . . down-to-earth and genuine. - Kirkus Reviews