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Introduction by means of Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by means of T. H. Watkins
Called a “magnificently crafted tale . . . brimming with knowledge” through Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington put up e-book global, Crossing to Safety has, seeing that its e-book in 1987, demonstrated itself as one of many maximum and such a lot adored American novels of the 20 th century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of 2 who circulate among Vermont and Wisconsin, it's a paintings of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and strong perception into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
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