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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.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on May 12, 2010
ISBN: 9780307560643
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Every tale has two sides and what you see may not be the reality of what really happened. Go back in time and follow the story of Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough and discover why she is in the hospital facing murder charges. Discover the roads that she traveled to become what she is and hear the story from the boy who loved her with all his heart.I personally love Ken Haruf's books. I first read Plainsongs last month and had to mooch the rest of his books and I must say this one touched me as much as plainsongs did. It made me cry by the end and left me wishing for more. I give it rave reviews and recommend it for anyone who likes small town stories and insight into human nature.read more
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I read this several years back and it literally took the wind out of me. I was stunned, heart-broken, happy, sad, a totally satisfying read.read more
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I usually don't go for these "quiet" type novels, but this one explores rural hardships with an inventive narrative hook. It is down-to-earth, tragic and eye-opening.read more
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Every tale has two sides and what you see may not be the reality of what really happened. Go back in time and follow the story of Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough and discover why she is in the hospital facing murder charges. Discover the roads that she traveled to become what she is and hear the story from the boy who loved her with all his heart.I personally love Ken Haruf's books. I first read Plainsongs last month and had to mooch the rest of his books and I must say this one touched me as much as plainsongs did. It made me cry by the end and left me wishing for more. I give it rave reviews and recommend it for anyone who likes small town stories and insight into human nature.
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I read this several years back and it literally took the wind out of me. I was stunned, heart-broken, happy, sad, a totally satisfying read.
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I usually don't go for these "quiet" type novels, but this one explores rural hardships with an inventive narrative hook. It is down-to-earth, tragic and eye-opening.
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Haruf writes so that you know the folks in his books...and i'm always sorry to see them leave my life once I've finished reading one of his novels. This book was not about a glamorous life, but about a real life, stunted by circumstance, situation and the desire to do what is right. A thoughtful, caring book of love and relationships.
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If you are from the mid-West, you know the people in this story. The characters were true to life and the plot kept you reading.
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