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Remembering Laughter

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Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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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.

Remembering Laughter marked Wallace Stegner’s brilliant literary debut.

©1937 Wallace Stegner. renewed 1965 by Wallace Stegner (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Adroit and moving…has the quality of a rueful ironic legend.” ( New York Times)

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  • Glenn Florey
  • 17-10-20

Portrait of Quiet Desperation

Sad story of three basically good people whose existence devolves into a life of quiet desperation due to an impulsive marital betrayal. Worth a listen because of the beautiful writing. Every detail is sharp with feeling and leaves the reader with a clear impression of the bleak lives of the characters.

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  • Jim
  • 11-09-20

Cast a cold eye

A pitiless rendering of lives destroyed by pride and piety. No happy ending for any of the three characters. Bleak.

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  • Qtsbuster
  • 21-12-17

A Sad Story

This one is pretty sad, but the writing of it is flawless as Stegner’s writing is.

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  • Sandra
  • 08-03-15

sandy at 60

good story and probably true about women at that time, SAD FOR THEM. A GOOD READ