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Angle of Repose
 
 
Author
Wallace Stegner.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780141185477
Pages/Publication Date 557/2000
Daedalus Item Code 29596
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The story of an American family and the American West, this multilayered 1971 novel earned Wallace Stegner the Pulitzer Prize and was selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century. (It is also one of our favorites.) Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, returns to his ancestral home in Grass Valley, California. Though suffering from a crippling bone disease and dependent on others for his every need, he is embarking on a major research project to rediscover his grandmother, who came to the region as a pioneer nearly a hundred years earlier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. Through the prism of this family, Stegner illuminates the American present against the background of its past.

"Angle of Repose is a long, intricate, deeply rewarding novel ... neither the predictable historical-regional Western epic, nor the equally predictable four-decker family saga, the Forsytes in California, so to speak.... For all [its] breadth and sweep, Angle of Repose achieves an effect of intimacy, hence of immediacy, and, though much of the material is 'historical,' an effect of discovery also, of experience newly minted rather than a pageantlike re-creation.... Wallace Stegner has written a superb novel, with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction."Atlantic Monthly

 
 
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