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

By Wallace Earle Stegner

?Introduction by means 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 publish ebook global, Crossing to security has, due to the fact that its booklet in 1987, verified itself as one of many maximum and such a lot adored American novels of the 20th century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of 2 who movement among Vermont and Wisconsin, it's a paintings of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and strong perception into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

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It fell steadily as we passed through Platteville, Mineral Point, Dodgeville, and was still falling when somewhere beyond Dodgeville the wiper blade disintegrated and bare metal began to scrape in a crazy arc across the windshield. Rather than delay us by stopping to get it fixed, I drove from Mount Horeb to Madison with my head out the window, my hair soaked, and water running down inside my shirt collar. The traffic led us directly into State Street. However Sally felt, I was interested. This that we were entering was our first chance at a life.

Sally said. “Is she well enough to go on a picnic? ” “That’s the way she’s arranged it,” Hallie said. “She said you’d be tired, and to let you rest, and if she says you’ll be tired, you might as well be tired. If she plans a picnic, you’d better want a picnic. No, she’ll be all right. She saves her strength for the things that matter to her. ” I let up the other two blinds and lighten the dim room. ” Sally asks. ” I pour myself coffee and sit down in the wicker chair that I remember as part of the furniture of the Ark.

Somebody laughed—a woman, not Sally. I found the light switch and revealed the two of them, Sally on the couch and the other in our not-too-easy chair, with a tea tray on the homemade coffee table (more boards and bricks) between them. They sat smiling at me. Sally has a smile I would accept as my last view of earth, but it has a certain distance about it, it is under control, you can see her head going on working behind it. This other one, a tall young woman in a blue dress, had quite another kind.

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