Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

By Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a narrative of discovery--personal, ancient, and geographical. limited to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward units out to put in writing his grandparents' extraordinary tale, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the outside of America's western frontier. yet his learn unearths much more approximately his personal lifestyles than he's prepared to confess. What emerges is a captivating portrait of 4 generations within the lifetime of an American family.

Like different nice quests in literature, Lyman Ward's research leads him deep into the darkish shadows of his personal existence. the result's a deeply relocating novel that, throughout the prism of 1 relations, illuminates the yankee current opposed to the interesting historical past of its previous.

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And then getting away with it. Life is full of decisions and judgments and guesses, and it gets to the point where you're so accustomed to making them you keep right on making them even when you don't strictly need to. You get into a thing, and you start speculating about what you would do if some problem was yours instead of somebody else's. It gets to be a habit. It was a habit Jack Reacher had in spades. Which was why he was sitting alone at a restaurant table and gazing at the backs of two guys twenty feet away and wondering if it would be enough just to warn them off or if he would have to go the extra mile and break their arms.

Deerfield's head was turning left and right between them, like a spectator at a tennis game. The reflected light was flashing in the lenses of his glasses. He held up his hands for silence and fixed Reacher with a quiet gaze. "Tell me about Amy Callan and Caroline Cooke," he said. " Reacher asked. " "Sure, way back. " "Callan was small and dark, Cooke was tall and blond. Callan was a sergeant, Cooke was a lieutenant. " Lamarr asked. Reacher turned to stare at her. " Reacher nodded. " Lamarr looked away and went quiet.

You pay a lot of attention to the setup. Because the perfect method is not an easy method, and careful preparation is very important. But that stuff is meat and potatoes to you. You have no problem with careful preparation. No problem at all. How could you, with your intelligence? After all your training? You know the big problems will come afterward. How do you make sure you get away with it? You use your knowledge. You know more than most people about how the cops work. You've seen them on duty, many times, sometimes close-up.

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