As they endeavor upon this simple, grand project, the three reveal themselves in cautiously resonant, profound ways. And in a voice of striking intimacy and grace, Carlson's novel reveals itself as a story of biblical, almost spiritual force. A bellwether return from one of our greatest craftsmen, Five Skies is sure to be one of the most praised and cherished novels of the year.
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An emotionally bleak novel by noted short-story writer Carlson (A Kind of Flying, 2003, etc.) develops a strong, touching bond among three male workers on an isolated building crew in the Idaho mountains.May 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Five Skies
Arthur Key, one of the characters at the center of Ron Carlsons bluntly beautiful and unnerving novel, is a set builder for Hollywood films, a designer of three-sided barns, parts of fences and corners of houses, sometimes just a frame with a tile roof. Hes dependable and a stickler for safet...Aug 19 2007 | Read Full Review of Five Skies
His description of the work of welding and of carpentry, his depiction of Ronnie's pride and the other men's good-natured ribbing following the young man's construction of a dinner table strong enough to hold an elephant grant manual labor the sort of serious consideration with which few of us re...Apr 29 2008 | Read Full Review of Five Skies
Three men, strangers to one another, take on an ambitious construction project in Five Skies, building a stunt motorcycle ramp across a craggy river canyon in the sage country of Idaho.May 18 2007 | Read Full Review of Five Skies
Sybil Downing NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "Five Skies is like one of those heartbreaking Raymond Carver stories in which a luckless character catches a glimpse of something better, a small moment of rightness about the world, and, instead of cheering us, this glimmer of hope makes us e...Oct 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Five Skies
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