I am curious what other readers saw in stegners writing about safety in his writings particularly the place of safety referred to and the safe spectator life of joe in the spectator bird and the safety alluded to in the title of the later book. Crossing to safety is a delightfully nostalgic novel dealing with the trials and tribulations of two couples who discover one another and become lifelong friends the characters are well drawn though not complex and whose behavior is eminently predictable. Crossing to safety is a 1987 semi autobiographical novel by the dean of western writers wallace stegner it gained broad literary acclaim and commercial popularity it gained broad literary acclaim and commercial popularity. The characters in crossing to safety seem to me to be much less sympathetic with the possible exception of sid lang and often terribly self absorbed or just plain annoying or as in the case of sally morgan too opaque. Adding to a distinguished body of work that already has earned him a pulitzer prize and the national book awardand on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first novelstegners new book is an
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