Where the bluebird sings to the lemonade springs: living and writing in the West

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Penguin Books, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
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Stegner's enchantment with the West and his ability to capture in words what the land has taught him, not only about nature but about the human condition, are beautifully united in this collection of 16 essays. Stegner introduces the reader to a western literary tradition as varied as the landscape itself.

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Stegner's prose is always beautiful to read. - Goodreads
My first introduction to Stegner and his great style. - Goodreads
Points for being a decent writer though. - Goodreads

Review: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs

User Review  - Melanie Ullrich - Goodreads

I got worn out by Stegner's seemingly never ending tangents. Even though this book was truly exhausting to read, I did enjoy learning more about his childhood. The Habitat section of this book was more up my alley and was definitely a redeemed quality for Stegner. Read full review

Review: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

The first and third essays and the letter to Wendell Berry were my favorites. But throughout, Stegner's love of place is evident- as he eloquently describes his relationship with the west and himself as a product of it. Read full review



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About the author (1993)

In 1972, Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose (1971), a novel about a wheelchair-bound man's re-creation of his New England grandmother's experience in a late nineteenth-century frontier town. As a result, Stegner is undergoing something of a revival. His work enjoys a new appreciation for its traditional narrative forms, its use of rich detail, and the unpretentious way it treats general social and psychological issues. For readers tired or confused by postmodernist fiction, Stegner offers relief. Stegner may also be the beneficiary of a quickening of interest in the latest literary westward expansion that includes such diverse writers as Jane Smiley and Larry McMurtry. Stegner's novels and stories are profoundly influenced by the American West where he grew up, and he wants to construct the history of a place where people went, often trying to escape the past. Moving between Eastern "cultivation" and Western "nature," Stegner's novels trace various stages in the Westward movement of the American experience. Against this broad cultural landscape, showing the modern betrayal of the past, Stegner details individual human behavior through a range of fully conceived and finely drawn characters. He is a master at tracing the changes over time in marriages and friendships, as well as at depicting the poignant tensions between a mind that remains strong in a body that is succumbing to illness.

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