This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.
This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.
Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.
This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
An elegant, beautifully written novel about a long friendship between two couples. I finished the book in awe of the author's wisdom on a diverse number of subjects, his rendering of unforgettable characters, and his masterly achievement of his craft.
This is the only book I've given five stars this year.
I had never heard of this author and felt that I had discovered gold reading this very real and moving story of two couples and their friendship over many years. The writing is beautiful and strong and I found the story moving and deeply thought provoking.
I'm looking forward to reading more of Stegner's works.
One of the best novels I have ever read. Poetical language, in-depth analysis of relationships.
I could not stand being away from this book even for a few hours. I had read an excerpt from this book years ago, loved the author and put this book on my wishlist. Now that I have read the whole book, I am so glad I did. This author shares every gesture, facial expression, spoken word and behavior in the most actual and genuine way I have ever experienced while reading any book, past or present. I can't wait to "wishlist" more of his novels. I highly recommend you read this!