Everything you need to understand or teach Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.
Two young ambitious couples become friends in Madison, Wisconsin, when the two husbands begin their academic careers as professors at the University of Wisconsin in the 1930s. The novel follows their friendship through forty years of career ups-and-downs, health problems, children, successes, and failures.
Sally and Larry Morgan come from the West, and they have no family or money, but Larry has talent and burning ambition. He knows how to set goals and accomplish them. Although his friends' connections and backgrounds make him jealous at times, he knows he can attain what he wishes. Sally is shy, sweet, and loyal. She withholds judgment and makes a family of her friends, for she has no family of her own.
Sid and Charity Lang were born to Harvard. They have come to Wisconsin in a pioneering spirit, seeking to spread a little of the culture that has inherently been theirs...
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