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Angle of Repose Themes

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Themes

Lyman Ward is on a quest to understand why his life has taken the shape it has. He has trouble at first focusing on a theme for his fictionalized biography of his grandmother, Susan Burling Ward. In a conversation with his son, Rodman, he says, "I'm not writing a book of Western history ... . I've written enough history books to know this isn't one. I'm writing about something else. A marriage, I guess." He decides that marriage is the main theme of his book. "What really interests me," he says, "is how two such unlike particles clung together, and under what strains, rolling downhill into their future until they reached the Angle of Repose where I knew them." When a rock rolls downhill, it eventually stops. Whatever the angle of the hill is where the rock has stopped is the "Angle of Repose."

Lyman wants to know how the sixtyyear...

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