Books Five Skies by Ron Carlson Hardcover, 244 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $23.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleFive SkiesAuthorRon Carlson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Working together on a summer construction project high in the Rocky Mountains, drifter Arthur Key, shiftless Ronnie Panelli, and foreman Darwin Gallegos reveal details about their pasts and beliefs in cautious and profound ways. Genres: Fiction Also by Ron Carlson Return to Oakpine Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Five Skies Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books June 4, 2007 Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape. Savor the Season with a Picnic of Good Books Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10580049/10712708" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'Five Skies: A Novel' June 4, 2007 Book critic Alan Cheuse recommends Ron Carlson's first novel in many years — "a fine book about fathers and sons, troubled brothers, lost wives — a deep portrait of three construction workers in the wilds of Idaho during a pivotal summer for them all."