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Marchlands: A Novel

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  98 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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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Elizabeth McDonald
May 16, 2007 Elizabeth McDonald rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: females 13+
Shelves: greatbooks
This is a fantastic book. Just fantastic. That is all I can say, really. Just a wonderful novel.
Jul 03, 2014 Tevilla rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is the style of Annie Proulx and Cari Luna. Spare, pointed, the reader has to think. Wow. Why was this book not more successful?
Apr 25, 2009 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp-fic, n-a
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!!
Apr 22, 2011 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will punch you in the face. Pow! I absolutely loved it.
Feb 07, 2010 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie Cross
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.
Jun 23, 2011 Carla rated it liked it
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
Conny Strik-Basemans
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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.
Dec 03, 2009 Jon-michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 i did and I'm sorry to say that i didn't like it.....
Apr 10, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Too many typos. It drove me crazy. I love reading about rural families, coming of age, blah blah blah, but some of the twists in the last 70 pages drove me nuts.
Louise Mathewson
I didn't like the first 60+ pages - but then I got into it! She is a wonderful writer and the story was very good, told from a teen mom's perspective.
May 31, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2004, horses, age-adult
I picked this up mostly because of the horse on the cover... but it did turn out to be a good story.
Feb 18, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Hate to be cliche but this is a touching coming of age story.
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