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How to Rebuild a Broken Man

Five Skies by Ron Carlson

Reviewed by Alison Glock

"Ron Carlson writes about men. Solid, genuine, worn men. Men eclipsed by current culture, men of substance and heft, men we could all stand to spend more time with, lest we forget they exist.

The three men in Five Skies, Carlson's first novel in 26 years, meet in weakness. One has fled an affair with his sister-in-law, another is grieving the untimely passing of his wife, the third escaping a life of petty crime. The men converge on an isolated Idaho bluff, high in the Rocky Mountains, ostensibly to collaborate on a summerlong construction project. They proceed inadvertently to rebuild..." Read the entire Esquire Review.

One Response to "How to Rebuild a Broken Man"

    Keith June 13th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    What a great review. Alison Glock captures so much meaning when she states:

    "No detail is too small; every minutia serves stunning purpose, reminding us of nothing less than what ultimately matters in this life: the quiet salvation of work. The value of mastering a tangible skill. The power of holding something in your hands, something you can control."

    Wonderful insight of the human condition.

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