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Five Skies

by Ron Carlson

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Five Skies by Ron Carlson
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  • Published May 2007
    256 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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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.

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'Starred Review. Carlson writes with uncommon precision, and this return to long-form fiction after four well-received story collections is stunning." - PW.

"Starred Review. Carlson, critically acclaimed for his short stories, has written a note-perfect novel that will challenge and reward all who care about literary fiction." - Booklist.

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Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson is the award-winning author of four story collections, including At the Jim Bridger and The Hotel Eden, two novels, and a young adult novel.

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