The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds

Book - 1984
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Set in the Stark country of Colorado's high plains, this vivid novel begins in 1898 and covers eighty years of western history. In beautifully crafted prose -- a rich, rough vernacular reminiscent of Larry McMurtry -- Kent Haruf brings to life Edith Goodnought, an enduring, undefeated woman who is caught in almost unbearable circumstances. Bound by love and duty to her crippled father and younger brother, she learns to survive with an iron code of service to others.Startlingly direct and with a moral vision and force the reader cannot turn away from, The Tie That Binds is an exceptional, award-winning novel.
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, c1984
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780030719790
Call Number: F Haruf Ke
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 07, 2017

A beautifully written book. I enjoyed both the story and the writing. The story moves at a slow pace spread across several decades in the lives of the central characters. But, I couldn't help but keep turning the pages. A great read!

Jan 08, 2017

See the comments of the previous reader. She sums up the story very well and gives a lovely perspective. Beautiful story of very difficult circumstances/issues told by a very loving, non judgemental friend. I highly recommended this book.

Dec 11, 2014

This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I highly recommend it, although I must say that the book has difficult material. It deals with the brutal realities of farm and ranch life in rural Colorado in the early 20th Century. The things that happen to the characters and the things they do to each other are heartbreaking, but the voice of the narrator and the pacing of the book make it a great read and easy to immerse oneself in. Haruf works through difficult ideas and subjects with skill, honesty and even humor. This book should be on everyone's reading list.


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