The Tie That Binds
by Kent Haruf
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- Genres: fiction, literature, contemporary, family, novels, american
- ISBN: 9780375724381 (0375724389)
- Format: paperback, 246 pages
- Release date: March 21, 2000
- Author: Kent Haruf
- Language: english
- Publisher: Vintage
- Places: Holt, Colorado, Denver, Colorado
- Characters: Edith Goodnough, Roy Goodnough, Lyman Goodnough, Sanders Roscoe, John Roscoe
About The Book
Colorado, January 1977. Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, police officer at her door. She is charged with murder. The clues: a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky-eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon. The motives: the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself.
In his critically acclaimed first novel, Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains, as told by her neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. As Roscoe shares what he knows, Edith’s tragedies unfold: a childhood of pre-dawn chores, a mother’s death, a violence that leaves a father dependent on his children, forever enraged. Here is the story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family — and then, in one gesture, reclaims her freedom. Breathtaking, determinedly truthful, The Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America, and of the tenacity of the human spirit.
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