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A Thousand Acres and Empire Falls meet during the present hydrofracking controversy as a beleaguered patriarch must decide the fate of his land and children in this enveloping family drama

The Joyner family sits atop prime Marcellus Shale. When landmen for the natural gas companies begin to lease property all around the family's hundred acres, the Joyners start to take noti
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Rebecca McNutt
Fractures is like a great big chunk of environmentalism propaganda, but aside from that, the writing itself was bland, the characters didn't seem real, and the story was very predictable.
Rebecca Foster
What the frack? I’m always pleased to welcome novels with an environmental conscience, and this one will be memorable for me if only because it was my first book read on my new Nook. In essence, it takes the concerns of Jonathan Franzen’s last two novels (The Corrections and Freedom) and puts them together – giving the story of a dysfunctional family facing environmental and ethical crises.

Architect Frank Joyner has been holding out against the fracking companies encroaching on his town, but w
Ron Charles
Lamar Herrin’s new novel, “Fractures,” revolves around a technique for extracting natural gas from rock, which sounds about as interesting as extracting natural gas from rock, but it’s surprisingly moving. Here’s an environmental novel that does just what you want it to do: Frame an important contemporary debate in profoundly human terms.

Hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — involves drilling deep into the earth and then injecting liquid and sand under tremendous pressure to crea
Penny Daniels
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book, both in teaching me about an industry I know nothing about and framing the information within the lives of the Joyner family. Worth the effort.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"Fractures" by Lamar Herrin which I won from Goodreads Giveaways centres around the Joyner family whose land sits atop the Marcellus Shale; like gold to avaricious gas drillers who compete for drilling rights in the area. The story is not political in nature although it does expose some issues about the hydrofracking controversy, rather it revolves around Frank Joyner's decision whether or not to lease the land and the motivations of family members who try to sway his choice. Burdened already wi ...more
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
Fractures started out with so much potential but never came into fruition. We begin with the main character Frank talking about suicide running in his family and how he had struggled with it. Next we are given a tragedy of a little boy being hit by a large auto machine, while the boy lives the company of said vehicle tries to push the incident under the rug. Hm, that's interesting and dusting is probably more common than thought. Anyway, I felt these subjects were so subtlety recognized that I f ...more
Karen M
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads, own
Not every novel you read is great. Some novels are good and some are okay. This novel was a great read. Characters so well drawn that their actions and storyline are believable. Not once did I shake my head and think 'that made no sense' which unfortunately does happen sometimes but not this time.

The leasing of family property to a large natural gas company for hydrofracking (the process they use to drill for natural gas) is a part of this story but it's really the story of a family. The decisio
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lamar Herrin has written a wonderful story of family with Frank Joyner as the father. He is an architect who loves to turn dilapidated buildings into useable structures like his old high school into apartments and shops. He is looking at a problem that may tear his family apart. His farm lies atop the Marcellus Shale that holds huge quantities of natural gas. Neighbors have already been contracted about selling their rights and Frank realizes he must make a decision. He has three children: The e ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt I should rate this read higher but I was so disappointed not to love it more that it really was just "okay." Diane Ackerman and Julie Orringer gave positive reviews so I thought to give it a chance and slogged through to the end, mostly to see how he worked it all out. I would say they book-blurbed simply because he wrote about fracking or knew him, not because they loved this book. They don't write like this, with the remove from their characters or at least not in their books i have rea ...more
Michael Alan Grapin
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Frank Joyner is a sixty year old man living on the ancestral farm land of his family. With him is his eleven year old grandson, a skateboard aficionado and the son of Franks promiscuous daughter who finds it difficult to care for her son and make her way in life. Frank is something of a naturalist and at first resists gas fracking companies that want to lease his land for drilling. Frank's family had a history of suicide and he himself attempted it at age twenty to help him decide if he had the ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviews
Fractures by Lamar Herrin is a story about a family in the natural gas rich region of northern Appalachia that is becoming populated with fracking.
Family patriarch Frank Joyner is initially against letting his land be leased by gas companies, but finds himself more and more torn as warring opinions of his children, siblings, and even his grandson come into play.
Herrin does an excellent job fleshing out the motivations of each family member and how these affect Frank, who must also take into ac
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Amidst the controversy of hydrofracking, Frank Joyner the patriarch of the family is trying to decide whether or not to sell his land to the gasmen while various members of his immediate and extended family offer their input from both sides. The struggle threatens to further fracture a family that is already broken apart. Generations of family tragedy are also brought to the surface as the controversy envelopes the family.

This book really looks at the issue outside of the political sphere and ex
Richard Chenoga
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won an ARC of this book through Goodreads. I grew up in an oil and gas region of Pennsylvania and lived in Ohio for a significant number of years. Consequently, when I saw this book listed, I added it to my "Want to Read" list since I was familiar with the Marcellus Shale drilling.

I had not read anything by Lamar Herrin previously. After reading this book, I am going to find other books to read from this same author. Lamar Herrin does a nice job of creating a dysfunctional family and then fol
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This book is simply awesome. Such a depth of insight about this fractured, but still connected, family ... and reality of fracking as it is experienced by the people (and land) impacted. It seems a very fair treatment, showing the very tough decisions, and the people who do the work, and why.

Multiple points of view frame the events. You may not like all the characters, but you will see why they think the way they do, and how they act to hold their worlds together.

I'm still thinking about it.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book for free though the goodreads first reads program.

This book taught me a lot about hydrofracking which is a subject I have not explored. The author did a great job depicting a divided family, riddled with depression. Devastation and regret are what happens when decisions are made, and those family members considered "weak" are ignored
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
ola "I really liked" the information concerning fracking in our country. The story line could get bogged down in the issues. Several times I put it aside, picking up a fast read, however returning later to finish.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
This book had tons of potential. Between the family conflict and the hydrofracking controversy, it could have been a Pat Conroy novel on steroids. It fell a little short, hence, the three stars.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
i ignored my new rule that if by page 50 i couldn't stand it to put it down. awful!
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved some of the richness of this novel that dealt with complex relationships and themes. Sadly, it was a bit uneven and didn't fully come together by the end. Still, worth the read.
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