I Met A Goat On The Road

And other stories of life on this hill

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
151 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2014
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Author Biography

Denele Campbell had her eye on writing from childhood. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in English, she filled her electives with writing classes. Life then did what it does to everyone, tumbling through love and children, household and jobs, pets and pursuits, leaving Campbell to fit in bits and pieces of authorship. Newspaper columns, articles on local history, biographical profiles and small evocative essays kept her writing passion on a low simmer until the mid-1990s, when a collection of non-fiction stories about her career experiences were published under the title Notes of a Piano Tuner. The essays in Goat on the Road focus on her life experiences at home on an Ozark hilltop.

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Reviewed by Annamaria Farbizio for Readers' Favorite

I Met a Goat on the Road and Other Stories about Life on this Hill is an anthology of short stories by Denele Pitts Campbell. The love she feels for the land where she's lived for over thirty-five years comes through in every well-chosen word. Wrapped within her wise, philosophical comments about the lessons she's learned from living on this Ozark mountain, Denele's writing paints a picture of the passing of time and of the changing seasons. Her lovely watercolor illustrations add a special personal touch to this lyrical anthology of the quirky people and surprising woodland critters who are part of her daily life.

Denele Pitts Campbell's latest anthology, I Met a Goat on the Road, takes snapshots of her life in the Ozark mountains. I enjoyed all these stories and especially admired the author's ability to describe the creatures she encounters with a naturalist's eye and a pet lover's emotions. My favorite story was Summer, a languorous description of a 102-degree day on the mountain where the smallest movement seems difficult and time slows down. Denele takes the day to pause and reflect since the heat doesn't make the necessary projects assigned for the day desirable or even possible. The author's prose is lyrical and yet unsentimental. You can feel the heat and the sense of relief when the day draws to a close. A beautifully-written series of stories that makes me wish I could sit with Denele in her kitchen and listen to the Guinea outside the window. I might pick a day in Autumn, though!