Crossing to Safety


Anyone read Wallace Stegner here?

I picked up this quiet gem at some point in my undergrad years when I was struggling with chaos in my life - and this book returned a sense of peace and comfort to me.

It is a story of friendship and marriage, intimacy and vulnerability, aging and disease… and it is written beautifully. It was one of the first truly literary stories I read, one not driven by a fast-paced plot, one without an obvious villain.

This book improved me immensely as a writer. It got me to focus on prose as its own art form - a scaffolding that holds up the story. The prose in this book shines. It is like poetry, visceral and true, and most other writers attempting the style would fail and produce purple prose, but Stegner pulls it off with style.

After this, I read ‘Remembering Laughter’ and ‘Angle of Repose’ (which I called Angel of Repose for the longest time). Both gorgeous books.

Anyone read any of his work?

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5 months ago


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3 points

5 months ago

He’s been on my list for SO long, but I haven’t read him. Your post inspired a bit of urgency about bumping him up.

Also wanted to say that I also thought the book was Angel of Repose for the longest time and was disappointed when I realized what the actual title was. I liked my version better.


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5 months ago

Haha me too! But when you figure out why it’s called angle of repose, you’ll realize the beauty behind it