Five Skies (Paperback)
|Author: Ron Carlson|
|Award-winning short story writer Carlson''s first novel in 30 years delivers a stirring tale about three men confronting their pasts and their purpose. In a striking voice of intimacy and grace, "Five Skies" reveals itself as a story of biblical, almost spiritual force.|
From the Publisher:
Working together on a summer construction project high in the Rocky Mountains, drifter Arthur Key, shiftless Ronnie Panelli, and foreman Darwin Gallegos reveal details about their pasts and beliefs in cautious and profound ways. Reprint.
Beloved story writer Ron Carlson's first novel in thirty years, Five Skies is the story of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project that is to last the summer. Having participated in a spectacular betrayal in Los Angeles, the giant, silent Arthur Key drifts into work as a carpenter in southern Idaho. Here he is hired, along with the shiftless and charming Ronnie Panelli, to build a stunt ramp beside a cavernous void. The two will be led by Darwin Gallegos, the foreman of the local ranch who is filled with a primeval rage at God, at man, at life.
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.
Three men meet at the edge of a canyon in Idaho, contracted to build a motorcycle ramp for a daredevil stunt. All three are morose and plagued by personal demons, but despite their inherent inarticulateness, the two older men slowly begin to help the youngest, a malcontent teenager, become a man. This remarkable debut is subtle, beautiful, and stark.