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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