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The Pull of the Earth

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A family's dark secrets are at the root of this rich novel set in rural Illinois. Alternating between the mysterious past and the unsettled present day, a father and son contend-individually-with complicated loyalties to parents, friends, lovers, and the land itself. What can a young man do? This is the central question of a complex story about love and obligation.
paperback, 236 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Ghost Road Press
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“It’s been said that reality can never live up to the fantasies that we imagine for ourselves, and while perhaps we didn’t do everything I’d dreamt of in the past few years, it was enough.”

In The Pull of the Earth, Teague Bohlen unravels relationships and history, alternating between past and present through the eyes of father and son, respectively. Set in rural Moweaqua, Illinois, from 1932 to 1987, Bohlen depicts the lives of two men who share the same name. In the third-person past, we see Re
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I really enjoyed this amazing book. Author is a professor of creative writing at UCD and won the Colorado Award for Creative Writing with this one.
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