Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner. This sweeping novel is really a commentary on marriage: what makes it work? What makes it fail? It's slow-paced and thoughtful, but easy to get caught up in. That being said, if you want to read Wallace Stegner, start with Crossing to Safety. It's my favorite book of the YEAR so far, and that's saying a lot.
Angle of Repose tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, in the Sierra Nevada.
ANGLE OF REPOSE : The angle of repose or the critical angle of repose of a granular material is the steepest angle of descent or dip of the slope relative to the horizontal plane when material on the slope face is on the verge of sliding.
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.(