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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound with a crippling bone disease and dependent on others for his every need, Ward is nonetheless embarking on a search of monumental proportions—to rediscover his grandmother, now long dead, who made her own journey to Grass Valley nearly a hundred years earlier. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life.

Wallace Stegner has said of his epic novel, "It's perfectly clear that if every writer is born to write one story, that's my story." It is a testament to the power of Stegner's prose and vision that Angle of Repose, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, can be appreciated as America's story as well. Based on the correspondence of the little-known 19th century writer, Mary Hallock Foote, the novel's heroes represent opposing but equally strong strains of the American ideal

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I missed the meeting (and cookies!) on Tuesday, I just couldn't leave work. Thoroughly enjoyed the book though. It is truly timeless and a great choice. I hope it was a good meeting.

    August 29, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    I enjoyed this book;especially his discussions about nature!

    August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    At the end of the last meetup we talked about getting back in the habit of bringing munchies/drinks to share. I'll be bringing chocolate chip cookies. See you all tonight.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • terri S.

    looks like a great read just started today

    August 21, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Sorry I can't make this one. Have fun!

    August 13, 2013

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