In a first-person narration that reads like a voice-over, a New England barn tells its own story through the centuries. It...

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In a first-person narration that reads like a voice-over, a New England barn tells its own story through the centuries. It recounts its raising in Revolutionary times and its years as a calm center of farm life, ""with an east wind off the Atlantic blowing through my two big doors."" In more recent times, the barn was a home to Depression-era homeless, was gussied up and turned into an antique store, and became the site of a '60s peace rally. Destroyed by a fire (something about ""squirrels and old electrical wires""), the barn is rebuilt and restored to shelter horses. Although the conceit of the barn narrating wears thin at times, the richly atmospheric folk-art paintings of the barn and its changing world are never less than compelling. As the barn says of its most recent incarnation, ""It is some lovely.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0618153160

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996