Two academic couples meet while they are starting as Instructors at U of Wisconsin in the 1930’s and become lifelong friends. The novel, told from the point of view of one of the husbands, apparently very autobiographical, jumps around the decades starting and ending in the 1970’s during the death of one of the four. Such great writing and story telling. Very emotional. Written in 1987 this was Stegner’s last novel, written when he was in his late 1970’s. I’ve never heard of him – I wish I remember where I read to read this. Brilliant.
PJH Rating: **** 1/2 (and 3/4)