Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics) by Wallace Earle Stegner

By Wallace Earle Stegner

?Introduction by way of Terry Tempest Williams Afterword by way of T. H. Watkins   ?Called a “magnificently crafted tale . . . brimming with knowledge” by means of Howard Frank Mosher within the Washington submit ebook global, Crossing to security has, in view that its ebook in 1987, confirmed itself as one of many maximum and such a lot loved American novels of the 20 th century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of 2 who stream among Vermont and Wisconsin, it's a paintings of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and robust perception into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

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Stegner understands and invites us inside the domain of partnership. Crossing to Safety is a quiet novel. It is a story of an evolving and enduring friendship between two couples, the Langs and the Morgans, who meet while beginning academic careers in Madison, Wisconsin, during the Great Depression. Larry Morgan, the narrator, is more writer than professor, western and without advantage. His sensibility is rooted in the arid landscape of New Mexico. Sid Lang is more professor than writer, eastern and endowed with family wealth.

Her laugh was as clear and uninhibited as everything else about her. “Did you notice how I was avoiding Dr. Rousselot the other day? ” She pulled her face down with her fingertips. ” Sally said. “You too? When? ” “Not till March. And are you? ” That ended the revelations about the rich, cultivated, and romantic background of Charity Lang. She and Sally fell on each other. You never saw two more delighted people. If they had been twins separated in infancy, and now revealed to one another by some birthmark or other perepetia, they couldn’t have been more exhilarated.

Perhaps, perceiving me to be a writer of power and promise, he was diffident. Is that the basis of friendship? Is it as reactive as that? Do we respond only to people who seem to find us interesting? Was our friendship for the Langs born out of simple gratitude to this woman who had the kindness to call on a strange young wife stuck in a basement without occupation or friends? Was I that avid for praise, to feel so warm toward them both because they professed to like my story? Do we all buzz or ring or light up when people press our vanity buttons, and only then?

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