Remembering Laughter

Paperback | November 1, 1996

byWallace Stegner

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Margaret Stuart, the proud wife of a prosperous Iowa farmer, sets high standards for herself and others. Happy in her marriage, she tries to look the other way when her genial husband, Alec, takes to the bottle. When Elspeth, Margaret's sister, comes to live with them, the young woman is immediately captivated by the beauty and vitality of the farm, and by the affection she receives from those around her. But as summer turns into fall, and the friendship between Alec and Elspeth deepens, Margaret finds her spirit tested by a series of events that seem as cruel and inevitable as the endless prairie winters.

Long out of print, Remebering Laughter (1937) marked Wallace Stegner's brilliant literary debut.

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Back in print: an early novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety. When her younger sister Elspeth comes to live with Margaret and her husband, Alec, on their Iowa farm, Margaret finds her generous spirit tested as a friendship developes between Alec and Elspeth

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Margaret Stuart, the proud wife of a prosperous Iowa farmer, sets high standards for herself and others. Happy in her marriage, she tries to look the other way when her genial husband, Alec, takes to the bottle. When Elspeth, Margaret's sister, comes to live with them, the young woman is immediately captivated by the beauty and vital...

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, i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.71 × 5.05 × 0.44 inPublished:November 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140252401

ISBN - 13:9780140252408

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Back in print: an early novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety. When her younger sister Elspeth comes to live with Margaret and her husband, Alec, on their Iowa farm, Margaret finds her generous spirit tested as a friendship developes between Alec and Elspeth

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"Adroit and moving . . . has the quality of a rueful, ironic legend"
—The New York Times

"There is no use to mention the assurance and calm that Mr. Stegner brings to his first book—it has to be read to be believed."
—Saturday Review

"I thought Remembering Laughter a perfect little novel, clean, swift and assured, and I can still feel the weight of the disaster in it."
—Wendell Berry