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Marchlands: A Novel
by Karla Kuban
Fifteen-year-old Sophie Behr is carrying the child of a Mexican ranch hand on the thousand-acre sheep ranch where she lives with her tough, bitter, and unstable mother, Willy. When Willy reacts to the pregnancy with an act of astonishing cruelty, Sophie flees and embarks on a search for her long-absent father. Her encounter with him, however, proves to be another painful s ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published 1999 by Scribner Book Company
(first published January 1st 1998)
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I read this book ages ago.... as a "Reader's Copy" before it was published. It is one of my favorite novels of the late 90's early 00's. Karla Kubin's young character is a smart, wise & strong young woman striking out on her own despite not leaving home til late in the book. I have tried to get my reading group to read this but we, as a group, have yet to select it! Too bad! I think it's great writing!!
Sophie is a fifteen year old girl who knows her mind and has an incredibly strong spirit as she navigates the world. Her mother is crazy. Her father abadoned her. During the entire novel, she knows what she needs and goes after it. She also has an incredible sense of who she is and what she wants for such a young girl. I enjoyed this book because I admired the main character. She has a hard life, but she strives to make sense of it and her place in the world, which is what probably stuck with me ...more
Being a Wyoming native, I wanted to like this story, however it fell flat with several relationships that seemed to take on momentum, only to disappear in a disjointed way--from horse to human. A more appropriate title might be "Birthing"--for at the heart such is continually happening and ending both with sheep and humans, though that too seems to stagnate. The last page could've been the first, however perhaps that's the intended brilliance--welcome to the provincial pace of Wyoming.
I actually really enjoyed this book, not sure why I'm not giving it a higher rating. It's the story of a young girl caught up in all the normal angst of teenage years layered with the complexity of an unbalanced mother, and absent father (who she re-absents from her life once she does track him down) and a life changing summer of life and death. I really enjoyed the way the story gently developed, what I wish I had been given more of was Sophie's life lessons. It's told in the current moment, fu ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Fantastic story of a strong teenage girl growing up fatherless on a sheep ranch with a mother who's dealing with her own secret demons. Enjoyed this book.
this book was a nnnnoooo......i don't like this one....i read it all the way through because i started it and i wasn't just going to drop it because it's not the kind of book that i would ever read but i read it because someone requested that i read it...so i did and I'm sorry to say that i didn't like it.....