A Small Harvest
of Pretty Days
by Larry Kimport

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    "A bittersweet and tender 
     love story with a
     surprising twist." 


A Small Harvest
of Pretty Days

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Then he set his hook and cast it out to a plop in the slow passing water, and said with his back still to me, "No, Miss Clara, I don’t care to judge folks. There’s plenty enough of that goin’ around."

Then I surprised my own self, but apparently not Mr. Finley beside me with, "Would you care to judge me?"

He turned to me then, and he looked so kind and true. "No, Miss Clara. No, I wouldn’t, because I don’t have enough of that tale neither, nor have I ever ast for it."

Oh, how I wanted to trade his secret for mine, so I gathered up my breath and went ahead with it.

"We’ve come to be friends, haven’t we, Mr. Finley?"

"Yes, to my great pleasure I like to believe that, Miss Clara," he said softer, sitting down beside me. A couple of loose rocks shifted.

I looked straight ahead, across the creek and into the trees. "I fear so, that you’ve heard things of me. Of my past, and perhaps of my character. Of my situation, you see."

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Larry and his father at a Pennsylvania book signing.

Photo of Susquehanna Valley in fall color

Susquehanna Valley aflame in full autumn color.
Photo by J. Keith Barbour, 1956-2005



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About This Great Book

In 1890s Pennsylvania, Clara Waltz is returning home from visiting ailing old Mrs. Snyder. She encounters a drunken man who, along with four others, had gang-raped her eleven years prior. Terrified, she flees on foot, hiding in a partially fallen tree along a riverbank. From within she sees an unknown tattered-looking man suddenly appear. A great fracas ensues. When all has quieted down, she crawls out and finds that the rapist has been murdered. The stranger is nowhere in sight.

Clara becomes a suspect with the discovery of yet another murder. He, too, was one she steadfastly accused of raping her. Soon an aging drifter comes to the farm where Clara and her illegitimate daughter live as domestic help to a prominent farm family. Clara finds herself being drawn to him, in spite of believing him to be the killer.

This first-person narrative is told through Clara's voice, as an older woman, as a legacy to her children. It's a tale of abuse and murder, but, ultimately, a tale of love and hope.


From A Review

Larry Kimport’s second novel, A Small Harvest of Pretty Days, is a letter from a time, way of life, and mode of storytelling that evokes the best of turn-of-the-century Americana easily sentimentalized in lesser hands. But Kimport manages to transport us to 1890’s Pennsylvania with relatively little overt facade; he taps the reservoir of this lost world in his first few paragraphs and offers a page-turner of a novel as gripping as it is harrowing.


From The Author

I conceived this love story while walking my dog, and worked on it long into nights after the kids were in bed. I've always been fascinated by what became of Huck Finn after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. What became of him when he outgrew adolescence and became an adult? This story is my account of that period in his life.

The whole thing was much fun to ponder. I hope you enjoy it.

Larry Kimport


Photo of Loyalsock Creek

Loyalsock Creek, where Clara Waltz and Hank Finley spent quiet hours fishing for bullheads and sharing stories. Photo by Mary Kimport

Other Tales By Larry

At the Table of Want - Much scarred orphan, Truman Kramer, having joined the Peace Corps, is assigned to a small Malaysian community, serving an assemblage of all-but-forgotten handicapped children. Truman, never having kissed a girl, becomes involved with an unloved, married woman; a shopkeeper’s wife craving anything of her own. As his service wanes, mired in earnestness and deceit, his lover’s husband discovers his wife’s affair. Torn with remorse, young Truman acts, plumbing the depths of love, and our need to attach ourselves to other human beings. more...


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