Angle of Repose was my first Stegner book. Chosen by my bookclub, half the members loved it, the other half found it frustrating, but we all agreed it would have made a great movie with Gary Cooper and ____? (choices for the female lead ranged from a young Barbara Stanwyck to Maureen O'Hara)...funny, we couldn't imagine it made with anyone in the current star circuit, it was definately an Old West story. Film version aside, Angle of Repose has held a place in my heart as a good read: images of Susan's art,her journals, the struggle up the rugged mountain road, the journeys to impossible places (not like travelling in this day and age), their house. I loved it. The only thing that my bookclub agreed on was that the ending of Angle of Repose kind of wimped out. It made more sense when we heard a recording of an interview shortly before his death when the interviewer mentioned that the ending was somewhat abrupt, and Stegner commented that he was in a hurry to get the book to his publisher, before he (Stegner)went on his way to Europe, so he kind of hurried the ending. What?! That aside, Wallace Stegner had a way of getting inside relationships, showing the love and/or the antagonism, like the couples in Crossing to Safety and the writer and the guy camping on his property in All the Little Live Things. Just a guess, but from the three Stegner books I've read, I would bet their author was a pretty feisty guy. There is a seduction to the antagonism, I wouldn't want it in my life, but I enjoy peeking at it in the lives of his characters.