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Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
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Mar 09, 2015

it was amazing
Recommended for: Married people or those about to wed; current or future graduate students
Read in November, 2006

So I read this book in Boise just before moving to Madison to start grad school. I had purchased it at Pioneer books in Provo (I think that's what the place with the millions of books and the tall strange owner who wears sandals with socks) a few years ago and then had never read it. I was at my parents' house one day when I decided to go out to their garage and try to find a couple of interesting books to read. I just felt like I should read this book, and I did. I felt like I had been purposefully directed to the book at a specific time in my life when it was most useful to me. It tells the story of a young married man beginning grad school in Madison, Wisconsin and his life-long friendship with another couple that he and his wife met there. Our first day in Madison, our local faith congregation had tons of people arrive to help us move it, and we stayed up late talking with a couple named the Stocks. They were really really good to us the first few days as we were getting settled. A couple of nights later I mentioned to Dave that I had just read Crossing to Safety and they reminded me of that family. He confessed to having read the book a few months before when they were moving to Madison and having the same sensation. So this book, although worthy enough in its own right of five stars, has a special sentimental and deeply personal resonance for me.
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message 1: by Rose (new)

Rose Such a neat story!

Charly I, too, am about to move to Madison after having lived in Utah nearly all my life and graduating from BYU. Recapitulation was a very powerful experience for me. I have vowed that this will be the book I start on the plane ride to Wisconsin on the 29th. I am so glad to hear that you were able to form a literary connection after such a daunting move over Stegner!

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