The Fence My Father Built
In The Fence My Father Built, when legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian,hauls her kids, teenage Nova and nine year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, she’s confronted by a neighbor’s harassment over water rights and Joe’s legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.
The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify...more
There was a lot about this book that I was able to relate to. I grew up with an alcoholic father, who now has liver disease (I should note that he has been clean for se ...more
Muri brings her two teenage children to stay with her Aunt while she tries to understand the lawsuit against her father ...more
The teaser on the back cover of The Fence My Father Built reads, “This is the story of finding your way home—even when home is a trailer in the middle of nowhere.”
And what a story this is. Muri Pond’s parents divorced when she was a small child, and she has spent her life dreaming about reuniting with her father. When she decides to take the journey to eastern Oregon to find him, she takes her less-than-eager children with her. Her fifteen-year-old daughter would be a handful for two parents, ...more
Author: Linda S. Clare
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction
Muri Pond is starting over. She’s lost her job as a school librarian, lost her husband to another woman, lost her home, and now she’s on the verge of losing her sixteen-year-old daughter, Nova. Then she learns that her father, Joseph Pond has died, willing his high-desert property to Muri.
When Muri arrives in town, she and her two chi ...more
The things I didn't enjoy were the fact that it seemed like a lot of stuff was going on without tons of details.
For example, Muri got permission to open a sm ...more
Religious content aside, my overall opinion of the story was that it was a very, very good draft. I've seen in the reviews that quite a few other people seemed to feel, as I did, that the story wasn' ...more
I enjoyed the parts of the story where Muri read the journal that her father had written in before he died. I also loved the whol ...more
I loved the kooky characters and could visualize life in the desert. Muri's struggle to save the land her father loved became an even bigger struggle with her teenage daughter's rebellion, and a neighbor bent on doing everything to discredit her and her deceased father for his own gain. A great story about families, love, and faith.
I particularly like the character, Lutie. Very well-written, fully fleshed out, as was Muri.
I don't know anything about the author, but suspect that as she wri ...more
I very much liked how Muri grew during the story and how her daughter matured, too. The two of them, and ...more
The story is entertaining but I can't give it more than 2 stars for I believe it will be forgettable. I recommend it only to readers of this chick-lit genre.
The Christian theme was not heavy handed to me and in fact I would have preferred to have an actual display of the Gospel and how to come to Christ. It would have been nice to Lutie's conversion story at the least.
Not a bad book, but might be in need of some tweaking.