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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
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Apr 13, 2009

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At last I finished!! This book took me far too long to read, mostly due to my own ADD style of reading 4 or 5 books at a time, but also because I had a hard time sticking with it. I anticipated loving this book, because I really liked Crossing to Safety, but I just didn't. Stegner is a lovely writer, but I found the plot too broad and scattered; I also didn't connect with the protagonist, Susan.
The story follows Susan from Eastern US to Western US to Mexico to Idaho, back to Mexico, and so on through decades of her life. Just as I got attached to a particular setting, she would just pick up and move on to a new place with new characters. I found this very disruptive to the flow of the story. I really liked the parts set in the present, with Susan's grandson Lyman, I found him very interesting, but he only shows up 3 or 4 times. I think I would have really liked this book if Lyman was the protagonist rather than Susan.
Sorry Stegner, it was just "okay".

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Miranda Yes to everyone wondering- I am still reading this. Well, sort of reading it. It is living on my bedside table at the moment until I am caught up with book club picks. Poor thing.

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