Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Angle of Repose tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound with a crippling bone disease and dependent on others for his every need, Ward is nonetheless embarking on a search of monumental proportions — to rediscover his grandmother, now long dead, who made her own journey to Grass Valley nearly a hundred years earlier. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life.
The 314th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 82nd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
- - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
- - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
- - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)