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Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by T. H. Watkins
Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, 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.


Crossing to Safety
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4.2 / 5
Beautiful and moving
November 1st, 2014
I only learned about this book when it was discussed in another one – The End of Your Life Book Club. I had to read what so many consider to be an American masterpiece. And I heartily agree that it is one. Crossing to Safety follows two young couples, in their marriages and in their friendship. The book beautifully captures love’s glory, grandeur, pain, and evolution. Having an English degree and being an avid reader, I’m surprised I had never heard of Stegner. I’m happy I’ve finally been introduced.
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Crossing to Safety
August 20th, 2014
A writer's read. Such beautiful words used to demonstrate brilliant insight into people and how they connect.
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September 28th, 2013
An exquisitely written book even though nothing much really happens. Lovely read about relationships. Highly recommend - though more likely to appeal to a somewhat older reader than a younger one.
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Crossing to Safety
May 27th, 2013
A lot of readers raved about this book, and it was the latest selection in my book club. It's definitely not a fast paced book, so if you're looking for a page turner, this is not for you. But if you want really good writing, introspection on relationships, friendships and marriages, you'll probably enjoy this book. I personally thought it was average, and was disappointed with the wishy-washy way Stegner ended his book.
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