Second Growth

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U of Nebraska Press, 1985 - Fiction - 240 pages
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"Stegner's story about a rural community is told with subtle restraint in a style which is often poetic and always sensitive."-Chicago Sun Book Week
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Stegner has proved himself adept in the field of the short novel; he has written one important novel, Big Rock Candy Mountain; now comes this book, neither novel nor short stories-but a book about a ... Read full review

Contents

Cod Wants You to Be a Good Girl
1
A Girl Named Liebowitz
20
Fox in the Hayfield
55
White Mouse
78
The Alien Corn
92
APlenty to Live Down
109
Interlude at Moonrise
125
The AntiChrist
139
The Siren
155
Circle Four Hands Around
169
Pale of Settlement
175
The Craftsman
186
Last Concert
202
Toonerville Down
225
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About the author (1985)

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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