“Ron Carlson knows there’s a hole in the middle of our lives, . . .
…a chasm we can hardly imagine looking into. So when he sends three men out west to see what they can do about it, the reader must pay close attention.”
I’m only about halfway through Ron Carlson’s novel Five Skies, but it is one of those books I already hate to finish – wondering if the next novel I pick up will be half as good.
“…Ron Carlson’s first novel in thirty years is the tale of three men gathered high in the Rocky Mountains for a construction project that is to last the summer.
“…As they endeavor upon this simple, grand project, the three reveal themselves in cautiously resonant and deeply profound ways. One man will triumph over his dark nature, another will fall beneath the weight of his own. And in a voice of striking intimacy and grace, Carlson’s novel reveals itself as a story of biblical, almost spiritual force.”
Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life writes “In Five Skies, Ron Carlson has fashioned such a moving and elemental meditation on every man’s struggle toward family, toward the embrace of his individual soul, that, by its end, I found my appreciation for both grief and redemption to be profoundly altered. Here is a fine and gracefully rendered novel.”
[An aside: Mark Spragg’s novel Where Rivers Change Direction is an excellent read.]
I highly recommend this novel . . . and this author.