Stegner and Steinbeck

Rex was in Lexington, KY this weekend for a visit with Austin and was able to stop by his favorite used bookstore.  He picked up a first edition of “A Shooting Star” by Wallace Stegner.  I love Stegner — “Crossing to Safety” is one of my all time favorites — and have never heard much about this one.  The jacket says it’s “the story of Sabrina Castro, a wealthy and attractive CA wife with a strong New England heritage, married to a society physician who no longer offers fulfillment of her dreams.”  That sounds so, well, so soap-opera-y, doesn’t it?  He also nabbed Stegner’s “Beyond the Hundredth Meridian” about John Wesley Powell and the opening of the West; John Steinbeck’s “The Winter of Our Discontent”, and a couple of books by Robert Ruark.

I, on the other hand, am down with A Rumor of War.  Man oh man, can Caputo write.  Beautiful, seamless, heart-stopping prose.  And a story that knocks your socks off.  If you’re reading this book, too, let me know how it’s going for you.

Happy Monday all.  Now back to working on my memoir …  and, as always, waiting for The Paris Review to call.

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