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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
by Wallace Stegner

Published: 2007-12-18
Kindle Edition : 370 pages
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?Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by T. H. Watkins
 
?Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the ...
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Introduction

?Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by T. H. Watkins
 
?Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

Editorial Review

It's deceptively simple: two bright young couples meet during the Depression and form an instant and lifelong friendship. "How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?" Larry Morgan, a successful novelist and the narrator of the story, poses that question many years after he and his wife, Sally, have befriended the vibrant, wealthy, and often troubled Sid and Charity Lang. "Where is the high life, the conspicuous waste, the violence, the kinky sex, the death wish?" It's not here. What is here is just as fascinating, just as compelling, as touching, and as tragic.

Crossing to Safety is about loyalty and survival in its most everyday form--the need to create bonds and the urge to tear them apart. Thirty-four years after their first meeting, when Larry and Sally are called back to the Langs' summer home in Vermont, it's as if for a final showdown. How has this friendship defined them? What is its legacy? Stegner offer answers in those small, perfectly rendered moments that make up lives "as quiet as these"--and as familiar as our own. --Sara Nickerson

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What did you think of Charity, Sid, Larry and Sally?
What made these couples friends? What continued their friendship?
by mbell7 (see profile) 09/20/13

the appropriateness of the "right" way to die and it's affect on the others
by NewMexicoTam (see profile) 11/19/10

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by becelise (see profile) 06/10/18

 
by tvandersen (see profile) 04/12/18

 
  "Crossing To Safety"by priley (see profile) 07/24/17

A magnificent story of friendship

 
  "Crossing to Safety"by [email protected] (see profile) 04/14/17

This book did not spark a good discussion at Book Club. Some members hadn't finished it. There was no real excitement about the book.

 
  "Crossing to safety is safe to read "by lizblair (see profile) 02/15/17

This book, can jump fromac time to time. As a whole the characters are likable and the shared experiences in site full. I will need someone to explain the ending to me though. Anyone, anyone?

 
  "Beautiful writing"by kiwiob (see profile) 07/31/16

This book was like a breath of fresh air... it was so simple but beautifully written and a joy to read. Some of our book club struggled with it though - it is a classic.

 
  "Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner"by Linda40 (see profile) 08/18/14

This is an excellent book for a book discussion group. Though a quiet read which takes place in the course of one day; it is so beautifully written and presents the reader with so much to ... (read more)

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