Remembering Laughter (Paperback)

By Wallace Stegner

Penguin Books, 9780140252408, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1996



Margaret Stuart, the proud wife of a prosperous Iowa farmer, sets high standards for herself and others. Happy in her marriage, she tries to look the other way when her genial husband, Alec, takes to the bottle. When Elspeth, Margaret's sister, comes to live with them, the young woman is immediately captivated by the beauty and vitality of the farm, and by the affection she receives from those around her. But as summer turns into fall, and the friendship between Alec and Elspeth deepens, Margaret finds her spirit tested by a series of events that seem as cruel and inevitable as the endless prairie winters.

Long out of print, Remebering Laughter (1937) marked Wallace Stegner's brilliant literary debut.

Praise For Remembering Laughter

"Adroit and moving . . . has the quality of a rueful, ironic legend"
The New York Times

"There is no use to mention the assurance and calm that Mr. Stegner brings to his first bookit has to be read to be believed."
Saturday Review

"I thought Remembering Laughter a perfect little novel, clean, swift and assured, and I can still feel the weight of the disaster in it."
Wendell Berry