Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

I absolutely loved Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. This was our book club read for May and I'm so glad it was chosen. (Thanks Monica!) Its been on my radar for years, popping up on book lists that included books I love. I'm sure I made a mental note of it but never really picked it up. Sometimes it takes a book club to finally make you read that book. Can I tell you again why book clubs are marvelous even for us picky readers? We come upon unexpected gems (The Book Thief, Persuasion). We reread books we didn't think much of the first time and then unexpectedly love the second time around (The Great Gatsby, Never Let Me Go). We discuss the lives of the characters we read then digress to our own lives. It's a wonderful experience to be part of such a group. Crossing to Safety resulted in a very interesting and thought-provoking book club discussion. For a quiet novel about ordinary lives, there was surprisingly so much to talk about. Our meeting was last Monday and the conversation is over but I'm still thinking about this lovely, gentle novel.

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