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Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner
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Oct 22, 10

Read in October, 2010

Stegner stories are like a favorite sweater, kind of worn, but comfy and comforting and wonderful. This is an early novella by the author, well, he had already written Big Rock Candy Mountain. The story is full of Stegner-ish characters, strong, quiet, flawed and fully human and the landscape is unforgiving but beautiful. But it was the afterward by his wife, Mary that really got me. She told the story of him writing it while teaching in Utah and getting a prize and a giant check ($2500) for the story. It was the same week that they found out that Mary was pregnant. These facts sent me directly into memories of Crossing To Safety where Stegner tells an almost identical story. No wonder his stories are so vivid, he picked them directly out of real life.

Did I mention I love this author?
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