Our Town, Thornton Wilder, 1938
Picked this book up from a Little Library on one of my Cambridge walks and started it over dinner at the Green Street Café. Finished it on the back deck a few moments ago, weeping all the way through the final act. It’s still powerful after nearly 80 years. Grovers Corners (population 2642, according to Professor Willard (love the coincidences), Emily and Wally Webb (“Ah Ma, by ten o’clock I gotta know all about Canada”, my line from 1962), Rebecca and George Gibbs, Dr. Gibbs and Mr. Webb, Howie Newsome, Simon Stimson, Joe Crowell, and on and on. As Emily says in the final act from her seat in the cemetery, “Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute.” This is a wonderful slice of life from 1901 to 1915 in rural New Hampshire. Worth revisiting every so often.