Monday, November 2, 2009

Crossing to Safety

by Wallace Stegner
Rated PG
This character-driven novel traces the intertwined lives of two couples. Great friends, they meet as young marrieds and live through each other's triumphs and setbacks during the 1930s, 40s and on. Don't hold your breath for any dramatic infighting or betrayal. This novel is about the opposite of that - the steady loyalty, compassion and forgiveness of true friendship.
What I loved about this book is the beautiful way Stegner turns out a sentence. For example: "We lay there cutting the future into happy stars and circles like girls making Christmas cookies." What an image! And there are thousands more just like it within the pages of this book.
Rated PG for some references to married intimacy, nothing graphic or drawn out.
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