From the Back Cover:
These two short novels beautifully evoke the simplicity of a bygone era in small Ontario towns, when every main street had a flour and feed store, a familiar sound was the trot of a horse along the road, and sin and evil weighed heavily on the human soul. In An Autumn Penitent a Baptist preacher, breathing a warning of hell fire for the wilful sinner in a peaceful Methodist community, gains ascendancy over the lives of Joe, a carpenter, his wife and his niece. In In His Own Country, Bill, a newspaperman, becomes obsessed with being the Thomas Aquinas of his day and withdraws completely from his wife and reality.
These compelling and unusual stories, originally published in 1928, display all Morley Callaghan’s usual skill in revealing human nature and the ironies of everyday life, and are essential to a full appreciation and understanding of his writing.