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Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner

Remembering Laughter (1952)

by Wallace Stegner

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Since I've read several other Stegner books and his Crossing to Safety is a favorite novel of mine, I thought I'd try Remembering Laughter, his very first novel, or 'novelette,' as it was first called. The subject - marital infidelity - is dealt with most delicately, which gives the book something of a quaint, dated feeling. The writing itself, however, is assured and eloquent and gives a good, if limited, sense of Iowa farm life at the turn of the 20th century. My gut response to this short read, with all its details of repressed feelings and pent-up sexuality as well as untimely tragic death and dark family secrets, was that it evokes a kind of Ethan-Frome-in-Iowa feeling. I would recommend the book to any student of Wallace Stegner's work. ( )
  TimBazzett | Jan 14, 2011 |
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Twenty-nine-year-old Margaret Stuart is happy to have her sister Elspeth come to live with her and her husband Alec on their prosperous Iowa farm, but when the friendship between Elspeth and Alec ripens into passion, it changes the course of the rest of all their lives.… (more)

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