Judith Holt, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Judith Holt)
Stegner speaks to those of us who are "beyond Boomer" age in this novel. It was difficult to quit quoting to my like age friends - I've recommended this book repeatedly.
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Joe Allston is a retired literary agent whose parents and only son are dead, and who feels that he has been a mere spectator through life. Than a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he took to his mother's birthplace to search for his roots; memories of that journey reveal tha t he is not quite spectator enough. Winner of the National Book Award.
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