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The Tie That Binds
by Kent Haruf

Published: 2010-04-29
Kindle Edition : 257 pages
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From the bestselling author of EventideThe Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America, and of the tenacity of the human spirit.

Colorado, January 1977. Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, ...
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From the bestselling author of EventideThe Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America, and of the tenacity of the human spirit.

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. Here, 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.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 07/29/17

Haruf's writing is so clean, concise and simple. Narrated by Sandy, this story dives into life of his long time neighbor, Edith and the ways in which she and others were bound to their situ... (read more)

 
  "What a great find!"by dmc1230 (see profile) 09/29/10

This is a stark and powerful book about love, duty, loneliness and grief. It is told in the first person by Sanders Roscoe but it is the story of his neighbors, the Goodnoughs. The language is straight-forward... (read more)

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