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The Tie That Binds by Kent Haruf
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This novel is the first of Kent Haruf's Holt novels that was written in 1984, and in it you can see his unique writing style about unconventional families come together for the first time. Edith Goodnough is a women so tied by duty to her father that she refuses to see other options, and her obligations tie her to a harsh lonely life out on a farm where the work is unending and her loyalty pays her few dividends. Despite Edith's choices, her neighbor's son becomes an integral part of her life, who then witnesses the radical decision she makes after decades on the farm when her elderly brother's health is fading. The fictional town of Holt comes alive, and what I would do for a website that would lay out the timeline and residents of Holt from Haruf's many books. *In this novel I found the quote about the scenery of the Colorado plains that he modified for the book "West of Last Chance"- 'Because it's damn fine if you know how to look at it'. So very true.
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Reading Progress

February 16, 2016 – Started Reading
February 16, 2016 – Shelved
February 22, 2016 – Finished Reading

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