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Five Skies (Paperback)

Author:  Ron Carlson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143113461
ISBN-13: 9780143113461
Sku: 206662735
Publish Date: 4/29/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  244
Age Range:  22 to UP
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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.
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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.

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.
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.


"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 even more anxious--because we know it can't possibly last." - Tom Barbash 08/19/2007

"[Ron] Carlson's beautifully crafted and emotionally wrenching novel about nonverbal but deep-feeling males in flyover country is more refreshing than an ice-cold Coors." 05/25/2007

"[Ron] Carlson, critically acclaimed for his short stories, has written a note-perfect novel that will challenge and reward all who care about literary fiction." (starred review) 04/01/2007

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0244
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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