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Friday, June 27, 2014

An American Classic: Crossing to Safety, #26


Beautifully crafted, wise and moving, Crossing to Safety is a book for grown-ups. It’s the story of four lives, two couples, following them from their twenties as beginning academics in the depression through 40 years of trials and joys. And despite covering forty years and moving from Wisconsin to Vermont to Italy and back again, the entire book actually takes place in just one day. Wallace Stegner wrote Crossing to Safety late in his career and it is a quiet, compassionate, powerful look at friendship, marriage, youthful optimism and hard-won wisdom.

“How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?” the narrator Larry Morgan asks. You make it just like this.

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