The Farmer's Son by John Connell, review by Robin Templin
Three things to know. This is a family farm in Ireland. It is a look inside an age-old way of raising livestock in nature, with dignity and back-breaking care. And it is also a look inside a peacefully conflicted young man. John is straddling two worlds. Urban/writing life, and birthing calves... elbow deep inside a roaring mother.
I am grateful that he came back to the farm to write. It is a rich and earthy telling of a life unknowable to most... overflowing with meaning and truths. It reminds us of our humanity and what it means to be true stewards of the living, breathing creatures who grace our tables.
You will be glad for this man's strong, sweet voice, calling you home. To the land.