My friend Susie (who can frequently be spotted at the library), recommended a novel to me that she said was one of the "best books ever" for her. I'm a fan of almost any novel that is set in the west, and that can transport me to the place it describes.
Five Skies by Ron Carlson is just that type of book. While reading, I could almost feel the wind howling on that high mesa teetering on the canyon edge.
From the book jacket:
"A beautiful novel, as unique and insular as the quiet and powerful landscape it inhabits, and as braided with hope and despair, and hope again, as are the lives of the three men at its center."—Rick Bass
"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."—Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life