Review: Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing to Safety”

by writereaderly

wallace stegner crossing to safetyApparently a modern US classic, Crossing to Safety is Larry Morgan’s narration of the life-long friendship between himself and his wife Sally, and the dominant Charity and Sid Lang. It’s carefully weighted, plotted delicately (except for that awkward hiccup with Lang daughter Hallie), a meditation on an emotional ménage à quatre. A sound read, nice to be in Madison, WI, again, and a bookly pleasure to take in a writer writing a character writing about writing his friends as characters (= w4c2 ?). The final part must have been particularly confronting for AJ to read. Not spectacular but yes recommended.

Where it came from: AJ’s Bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
All the bed, armchair and waiting reads of the last four days
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that:
Who I’d recommend it to:
Seekers of a solid, quite elegant read
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Delaunay by Hajo Düchting

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