Angle of repose by Wallace Stegner

Amy Angle of reposeHaving absolutely loved Crossing to Safety, I had high expectations of Angle of Repose. Lyman Ward, an aging, recently disabled historian, returns to the house he grew up in with his grandparents and starts to put together the story of his grandmother. A refined, artistic woman from the East coast, she married a quiet engineer, whose career took him to the wild west, in search of elusive success. The hope, love , disappointment and failure are palpable, and the rugged, harsh landscapes reflect the difficulties in their relationship. The book is, of course, beautifully, powerfully written, and while I didn’t love the setting and characters as much as those of Crossing to Safety, and found it slow going at times, I couldn’t help but be moved by this journey. 

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