The Tie That Binds
If you like well-developed characters and addictive stories, you'll love Kent Haruf as well as his first novel, THE TIE THAT BINDS.
Neighbor and family friend Sanders Roscoe narrates the life story of 80 year old Edith Goodnough and how she came to be lying in a hospital bed accused of murder.
Her long, unimaginable hard life is filled with tragedy and constant sacrifice as she lives with her wild exasperating father and thoughtless brother. Oh the life that might have been.......I just w...more
At times the story is heart wrenching and evocative. The author’s rich details of rural farm life and the connection with neighbors were spot-on and elegantly portra ...more
This is just the way it is. Here is life.
He illuminates grace in hidden corners.
When reading Haruf, a slight chill comes over you; you know where you are and where he wants you to be: Holt, Colorado. Whether fictional or not, Holt is not our New York City or Los Angeles, it's about as rural as you can think of, with cows, horses and other livestock roaming the pastures, it's what a hard-working frontiersman would call home.
This debut is one of his lesser known works, but this is where Holt began. Har ...more
The book opens with 80-year-old Edith Goodnaugh lying in a hospital bed and guarded by police as she has been chargged with murder. On the basis of what evidence? Who died? What happened?
The Tie That Binds is the life story of Edith Goodnaugh, her brother and her parents. It's the story of decisions and choices made by Edith ...more
It is the story of the Goodnough family: Roy, Ada, Lyman and Edith as told by their neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. The book begins with a Denver reporter trying to cajole the backstory of kindly, 80-year old, Edith's murder charge from Sanders. That is all I'm going to tell you, read the book if you want to know the rest.
Haruf's subject matter and writi ...more
As is so often the case with Haruf's works, place is so much a part of the story that it, too, is a principal character. Haruf's descriptions of Color ...more
"Tie that Binds" was his first novel, and he got off to a flying start. It is smooth, convincing, and packed with quiet, compelling emotional issues. Like his other novels, it is set in and around the tiny town of Holt, Colorado, during the first half of the last century, and the characters are agricultural types. Some are struggling, some are affluent ...more
But the story is not about Roy per se nor his delicate wife, Ada, but his daughter, Edith, who is born on the farm and spends her entire life on it, never having had the opportunity to marry or even leave home. When the ...more
Set in the plains of Colorado from the early 1900s to 1977, Kent Haruf’s The Tie that Binds is a beautiful story of real life, real people, and real meaning imparted by genuine relationships. Sanders Roscoe drives a Denver newspaper reporter away from his door in fury, but he welcomes the reader into his home where he tells an enthralling story of life on the American Plains—in particular, he tells of a woman called Edith who lies in hospital bed, charged unexpectedly with murder.
Sandy’s father ...more
His books all take place in a small imaginary farm town in Colorado which makes it remarkable that I love his books so much: I have never particularly liked stories that take place out west, but I adore Haruf's. The settings and characters make me ...more
My family were wheat farmers & I've heard many stories about farming the land. I can only ima ...more
The book was Haruf's first novel. Sometimes an author's first novel works, but sometimes a first novel shows that perhaps the author could hone his writing skills a little.
In The Tie That Binds, a couple of things did not work for me. (1) The reader learns every other chapter or so that 10 years have passed, or 20, or six years, or eight, and so on. Granted, Haruf prepa ...more
But then, there's Kent Haruf. His books are always 5's. He died last year, was a professor at many universities and writes beautiful novels about the west in modern times. A little like Stegner and I hear, a little like Cather, whom I read when I was young and hated, so tha ...more