The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds

A Novel

Book - 2000
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From the bestselling author of Eventide , The 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 2000
Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries edition
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 9780375724381
Branch Call Number: FIC HARUF 2000
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 21 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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