Crossing to Safety

Stegner, Wallace

Book - 1987
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Crossing to Safety
Called a "magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom" by Howard Frank Mosher inThe Washington Post Book World,Crossing to Safetyhas, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [1987], ©1987
Edition: First Random House edition
ISBN: 0394562003
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ste
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 14, 2015

Not sure what I think yet. I might like it more as I get further into it.

Apr 03, 2014
  • jweitz rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I tried to like this book, but found it to be arrogant academia at its finest.

Mar 15, 2014

Party of me says its a book about first-world problems, but the writing is so strong I almost don't care. It reminds me of Annie Dillard's "The Maytrees:" another beautifully-crafted book full of good rural living, large picnics, and meditations on marriage.

Stegner sets out to write a quiet, meditative book without the drama and sensationalism of much modern writing. I'm not sure he succeeds--I don't know that a privileged life well-lived makes for a compelling story, but I appreciate the question.

Jan 08, 2014
  • mom2niamh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is in my fiction "top five" list. If you like outstanding fiction, don't ask questions; just read it.

Sep 17, 2013
  • Mary037 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful story of the lives of two couples and the demands, triumphs and tragedies that life brings their way from the depression era to the mid 1970s

Aug 13, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Two couples meet in 1930’s Madison at the University of Wisconsin and become lifelong friends. Stegner’s descriptive writing style leaps off the page into your heart. Recommended from The End of Your Life Book Club.

Jan 17, 2013
  • ZolaFan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An adult novel--meaning, you need considerable life experience to appreciate it fully. A worthy read. Good to read and discuss with someone else.

Oct 06, 2012
  • dera444 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.


Dec 05, 2009
  • macierules rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This title will definitely be added to my all-time favourite list. It is a simple story about two couples who are locked into an amazing friendship, and how the battle between the order of man and the chaos of nature plays out on them all. It's funny how certain books come into your life at certain moments, as if there is a reason for it all.


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