As much as I really want to enjoy this collection of stories, I'm having a hard time getting into them. Wallace Stegner's style of writing is completely different from what I'm used to reading and it's causing me to read and reread these stories.Ruth gives me an absolutely expressionless, pleasant look in which I read some future unpleasantness, but what the hell, shall a man keep quiet while his lifework is trampled on?"Would you admit," says Kaminski with his tight dogfish smile, "that an agent without an artist is a vine without an oak?"
Also, he had one with really graphic descriptions of a boy killing gophers. I couldn't finish that one.