Five Skies Three men, strangers to one another, take on an ambitious construction project in Five Skies , building a stunt motorcycle ramp across a craggy river… 2007-05-17 Fiction Viking
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Five Skies (2007)

MEN IN THREES A trio of tight-lipped construction workers in Idaho slowly reveal secret sorrows in Five Skies , Carlson's deeply felt novel
MEN IN THREES A trio of tight-lipped construction workers in Idaho slowly reveal secret sorrows in Five Skies, Carlson's deeply felt novel

Details Release Date: May 17, 2007; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Viking

Three men, strangers to one another, take on an ambitious construction project in Five Skies, building a stunt motorcycle ramp across a craggy river canyon in the sage country of Idaho. Metrosexuals they are not. While each is fleeing a profound sorrow, the men talk little about their problems, communicating instead about power drills and dry-wall screws, bantering over lime Kool-Aid, whiskey, and steaks, only gradually and very cautiously becoming friends. 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. A

Originally posted May 15, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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