Joe Allston, the retired literary agent in Stegner’s National Book Award-winning novel The Spectator Bird, returns in this disquieting and keenly observed novel.
Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has its serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga, and sex, and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherwordly innocence is far more appealing—and far more dangerous.
©1967 Wallace Stegner (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Timely and timeless....Will hold any reader to its last haunting page.” (Chicago Tribune)
“A novel of crackling vividness.” (New York Times Book Review)
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I always feel like I have to say at the top of a Wallace Stegner review, "No, it's not Angle of Repose." But not many things are. It ranks high on my all time favorite list. But it is Wallace Stegner and that's always better than nearly anyone else.
There's a certain honesty in the way Stegner writes that takes my breath away. He has a way of admitting to his weaknesses and failures in a way that makes you understand that it's possible to own those things. He doesn't dwell on it, but that honesty always sits right in the front.
He writes about the world as it is - not the world he wants it to be. And that is what makes his books so lovely.
Stegner writes about nature and people with heart-stopping beauty.
Stegner's acute rendering of people, their complexities and struggles.
Every time he describes the land, the sky, a character's expression.
Jim Peck. Although he's an infuriating idealistic and naive hippie in narrator Joe Allston's eyes, he is also a character in search of truth, beauty and purity. But he inevitably gets tripped up by his own falseness and darkness, like we all do.
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