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.