Angle of Repose

Angle of Repose

Wallace Stegner
Fiction
Penguin Books
Softcover, 569 Pages
$16.00

The title describes the angle at which soil finally settles after, for example, being dumped from a mine as tailings.  It similarly describes the Ward family's settling out from the hard life of mining and construction engineering in the American west as narrated by their grandson Lyman Ward.  Stegner said of the book, "It's perfectly clear that if every writer is born to write one story, that's my story."