Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for a narrative)
The title refers to Tinker Creek, which is outside Roanke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Separated into four sections that signify each of the seasons, the narrative takes place over the period of one year. The book records the narrator’s thoughts on solitude, writing, and religion, as well as scientific observations on the flora and fauna she encounters. Touching upon themes of faith, nature, and awareness, it’s a book of mindfulness, inherent cruelty in the natural world, and gratitude for life.
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