If you are looking for a quick read, a low energy, low concentration book, with a smooth story line and little to focus on….
This isn’t it.
Jumping between memory and current happenings and back to memory again
Stegner’s Book is a wordy read.
Full of the academia expected of a renown professor/writer
but once you get passed some of the wordiness
and figure out
the story line and connections you have a a great story, that, in the end had just the right amount of words.
A novel about two couples how they meet, how they live, how their lives cross.
A novel that starts in the midst of the Great Depression and works through and around the lives touched by the two couples
Sid and Charity
Larry and Sally
Eventually, Births, near deaths, polio, cancer, arguments, and forgiveness, all find their way into this beautiful narrative.
Perhaps the most telling segment of the novel comes in these words from page 278:
“…We live as we can, we do what we must, and not everything goes by either Freudian or Victorian patterns. What I am sure of is that friendship–not love, friendship–is as possible between women as between men, and that in either case it is often stronger for not having to cross sexual picket lines. “
There is a Wallace Stegner Website you can check out: wallace stegner