With so many new books to read, it is rare that I reread a novel. However, for the second time in twenty years, I read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose.
Crossing to Safety chronicles the lifelong friendship of two couples, the Langs and the Morgans. At the ripe old age of thirty, I enjoyed the novel but was rather impatient with the characters. It all seemed so dysfunctional! Why did he/she put up with her /his behavior? Why are these people still friends? Get a job already! Now from the perch of truly advanced age (do the math), I have more respect for the complexities of friendship and marriage. An exquisite book about compatibility, sacrifice, and love.
NOTE: This is an ECW Classic Review, originally published in an earlier post or in NFocus Magazine. On occasion, I’ll republish a timeless review as a good read is never out dated!