Books: Patterns

THIS HOUSE OF SKY: LANDSCAPES OF A WESTERN MIND

by Ivan Doig

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich;

314 pages; $9.95

Soon before daybreak on my sixth birthday, my mother's breathing wheezed more raggedly than ever, then quieted. And then stopped.

The remembering begins out of that new silence. Through the time since, I reach back along my father's tellings and around the urgings which would have me face about and forget, to feel into these oldest shadows for the first sudden edge of it all.

These opening words of This House of Sky whisper up a big promise. They say, on top of all else, that a real...

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