Slow Reads - June

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, published in 1987, is our June recommendation, because the novel explores the quintessential theme of friendship.

by Patricia Bochi

June ushers in the summer season, during which many of us will enjoy more time to read, ponder, share time with family and friends, and frankly do a lot of nothing. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, published in 1987, is our June recommendation. Why Crossing to Safety? Because the novel explores the quintessential theme of friendship, its beauty and intricacies, in its simple manifestations–its true form?

And Pulitzer Prize and US National Book Award winner, Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) once said about his writing, “In fiction I think we should have no agenda but to tell the truth.”

We invite you to discover (or rediscover) how this influential writer tackles one of the most fundamental of human relationships.

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.

From Library Journal:

“With a quiet but strong hand, he traces the bond that develops between Charity and Sid Lang and Sally and Larry Morgan from their first meeting in 1937 through their eventual separation to their final get-together in 1972 when Charity is dying of cancer and is determined “to do it right,” no matter what anyone else thinks. It seems only appropriate that Charity bring them together since she has been the driving force behind the relationship. As we discover now, her bull-headedness has had its price. This is a wonderfully rich, warm, and affecting book. Highly recommended.”

David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.

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