“Again and again as I read, I went back to my bookshelf to compare this work with that of Annie Dillard. Fred expresses a similar wisdom tinged with amazed gratitude at finding himself alone and content to record the measure of his days along the winding valleys and hilltops of the Blue Ridge in Floyd County, Virginia. My only worry is that others will attempt to literally follow him there with less awareness of the fragility of this remote ecosystem, and so I recommend reading the book and not necessarily visiting (!) in order to experience the beauty of that place, whose remoteness and inaccessibility is intrinsic to its survival.
Fred First takes us on a path of his own discovery that parallels the similar paths of others who have explored voluntary simplicity and introspection, leading us toward a closer connection with everyday experiences, finding the joy in shared experiences with a cherished companion, and the quiet peace that comes from solitude in natural surroundings. Through images and words Fred brings us with him, and we can truly partake of that same wonder, gratitude, and compassion, and recognize the value in simple reflection on nature’s bounty, which truly is all around us.
Thank you Fred, for sharing with us your heartfelt account of your personal geography. May you continue to bring us the same at Fragments from Floyd.” Amazon.com review of Slow Road Home
Thanks to reader and Fragments Friend Susannah for her kind words about Slow Road Home over at Amazon.com ~ ~ where you can now LOOK inside THE BOOK! Perhaps it was mere coincidence, but the same day I was delighted to find her addition to the reviews of the book, I also found someone (a bookstore chain perhaps?) had ordered 40 copies from Lighting Source where the book is now printed. Wonderful discoveries, both, and I hope that those 40 books are “seeds” that will find their way into parts of the country previously unreached by my little dog and pony show.
And if you feel inclined to add a review to Susannah’s, much appreciated. I think especially as more connectors (like the comparison to Annie Dillard and Tinker Creek)
PS: Susannah, please send your new email addy.