Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian, who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.
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by Wallace Stegner
by Peter Matthiessen
by Daniel Wallace
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"Narrator Mark Bramhall adroitly manipulates an array of voices in this 1971 Pulitzer Prize winner. Wheelchair-bound Lyman Ward scours the letters, novels, and illustrations of his grandmother, genteel Susan Burling Ward, to re-create her life with her pioneer husband, Oliver Ward, in the "crude" American West of the 1880s. Bramhall moves effortlessly between Lyman's own troubled life--he incessantly interrupts his characters to ramble about his failed marriage--and his grandmother's poignant writings. Even with this production's hefty length, Bramhall's character interpretations, along with the author's rich, poetic descriptions of the Western frontier, remain fully engaging. K.P. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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