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Starred Review. Edward Herrmann is perhaps best known to younger audiences as kindly, patrician Richard Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls. Here, Herrmann uses his same elegant persona to amplify and underscore the bittersweet nuance of Stegner's novel about a retired man who travels to his mother's Danish hometown. There are hidden reserves of frustration and displeasure in Stegner's tale, and Herrmann aptly conveys these emotions with short, sharp bursts of dialogue matched with longer, more drawn-out ellipses of exposition. He even manages a serviceable Danish accent to top off his flawless performance. (Feb.)
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"It is the autobiographical nature of Stegner's work . . . that makes it so compelling. In every novel, the narrator has all the gifts of language, empathy, and philosophy, but he nonetheless can never free himself from the torments of the past."
-Jane Smiley, from the Introduction
"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished."
Not perfect but good service. quality consistent with what was reported.Published 27 days ago by Martha Dickie
As everyone knows, Stegner is an amazing writer - Spectator Bird does not disappoint. This is one of the most gentle of books and yet the story unfolds almost imperceptibly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judith Garry
I doubted would have appreciated this book when I was younger. Bittersweet, honest and well written … I couldn't walkaway when the story ended.Published 1 month ago by Rapid reader
Beautifully written and goes along with all his great books - especially Crossing to Safety .
Highly recommended .
Stegner's companion novel to "All The Little Live Things" is a poignant look back on a trip that he and wife Ruth took to Norway in search of answers to life's biggest... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. V. Sage
Wonderful writing as I expected from Wallace Stegner. This is such an insightful and tender look at a long relationship and the process of aging. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Carland
Let me preface this by saying that I love Wallace Stegner - and I liked Joe Allston too, at least in "All the Little Live Things," which I have reread over and over in my... Read morePublished 4 months ago by inthesilence
This novel is a courageous coming to terms with a career, a family, love, friendships, life-- now all past their prime.Published 6 months ago by Tobe Dulworth