Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
I finished this gem of a book a couple of weeks ago and immediately put the rest of Stegner's works on my wishlist at Barnes & Noble. I love his style: it is simple yet lyrical, and he draws you into the lives of seemingly ordinary characters. (His style reminds me of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake.) I suppose that's why I loved the book so much; I could totally relate to the characters. The book follows the lives of 2 couples who meet as young professors at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. Their wives, who are both pregnant, instantly connect, and they form a wonderful friendship. Stegner explores the evolution of relationships, highlighting both the beautiful vistas and the dark corners of marriage and friendship. I learned a lot about myself by reading it. I must admit that I had never heard of Stegner before a friend in my book club suggested him, but I am definitely a fan. Read it!