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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – April 9, 2002
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stenger is the kind of book that you read once in a life time. The characters become so real and so alive. You like these people; you do not want any of life's mysteries and sadness to befall on any them. Well, maybe that couple that was so nasty, no, no, not even them.
Larry and Sally Morgan move to Madison, Wisconsin in the 1930's to start their life. Sally is pregnant, and Larry is about to start a teaching job at the university. They have little money and his job is a lifesaver. Larry's dream is to be a writer and he has published one article. At a faculty party they meet Charity and Sid Lang. Sid comes from big money and they have all they need besides two children and one on the way. Charity and Sally get along famously, and Sid and Larry develop a bond.
This novel follows these two marriages, the ins and outs and the personal issues they each face. We are rarely allowed into a marriage to see all the warts. Over the next many years we follow both families from Wisconsin to Vermont and Cambridge and Italy. We see the friendships between the couples develop. We learn that Charity must manipulate and control- and that Sid needs the push she gives him. Larry becomes a well read author with several books and articles. Sally is happy to be a wife and mother until tragedy befalls.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was extremely well written and explored many facets of relationships, especially friendship and marriage.Published 7 days ago by Maribeth
It has been awhile since I've settled into a good Wallace Stegner novel and Crossing to Safety is a very good one. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sara L. Orem
I anticipated a good story after reading, re-reading, and re-reading again Stegner's Pulitzer winning novel Angle of Repose. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Margaret Vaughn
It was captivating, addictive and beautifully written. I couldn't put it down. Wallace Stegner was such an excellent writer and I'm planning to read more of his work.Published 12 days ago by Susan
I appreciate that many reviewers have judged the book positively. But, along with eight of our nine-member book club, I find the writing self-indulgent and -- perhaps given... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Joel Darmstadter
Beautifully written. An exceptional novel by an exceptionally fine authorPublished 23 days ago by cheryl m. ross