Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Book club’s pick for June, and I would never have read it otherwise. Which would have been a shame, because it was a wonderful book – just not my usual sort, and it took me a bit to get into it and adjust to its style and pacing. It also was a fantastic book for discussing, so there’s another reason to be glad it was the book club choice. If you’ve got a group looking for a book to read together, this is a good one to try!
I said it’s not my usual sort, because my fiction reading heavily leans toward genre fiction, not literary fiction. My tastes are not elevated, and most non-genre novels tend to bore me. I want some more action in my plots! While that could easily have been a concern with Stegner’s work, I didn’t find that to be an issue at all. Once I got into the story (past the first chapter), the gentle pacing and descriptive passages pulled me into and along with the story, and I loved the overall feel.
Recommended. It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking book, and I’m so glad I read it.
Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
Title: Crossing to Safety
Author: Wallace Stegner
My Rating: 4 Stars
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