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Autographed Unread Hardcover. 1st Edition/1st Printing. Hardcover with unclipped dust jacket in Brodart dust cover. Author's debut novel. Signature, date and place of signing appear on 3 separate lines on the full title page as "Tawni O'Dell/1-17-00/Denver". Simply pristine, from my personal smoke-free collection. Seller is the original and only owner of this book. Not a remainder or EX-LIB. A GIFT QUALITY COPY. You'll not likely find a finer copy! Delivered to you in a box, never in an envelope. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley Altmyer is an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery, aggressive libido of a teenager. Just nineteen years old, he's marooned in a stricken coal town in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters. And once he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two down the road, those Victoria's Secret catalogs just won't do. But it's the family secrets, the lies, and the unspoken truths that light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving what's left of his family in tatters. Through every ordeal, he could never have known that his endearing humor, love for his sisters, and bumbling heroics would redeem them all. Funny and heartbreaking, BACK ROADS is a riveting novel by a formidable new talent.
Review: Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 2000: Not since S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders) has a female novelist penned such a tough and titillating portrait of lower-class, crime-ridden manhood. Set in "beautiful, ruined" western Pennsylvania, amid Eat n' Parks and Lick n' Putts, Tawni O'Dell's Back Roads follows Harley Altmyer as he walks a raging, self-conscious line between crime and innocence. Why is he being held by the authorities, and what's he so mad about? In the recent past, it's his mother, who murdered his father and went to jail for life. In the far past, it's Dad himself: an abusive, hopeless man. In the present, it's the responsibility for his three younger sisters, which makes him fantasize about smashing their faces in until they "spit up bloody macaroni and cheese."
But Harley still has a conscience--barely. He doesn't strike his sisters; he's been trying to protect them. The oldest is sassy Amber, 16, who's having sex on the living-room couch with townies who abuse her; next is frighteningly stoic 12-year-old Misty, with eyes "a glazed brown like a medicine bottle"; the youngest is adorable Jody, who at 6 pens to-do lists with items such as "PRAY FOR DADDYS SOWL." Overburdened with the practicalities of life, and the ever-mounting losses, Harley has started seeing his own words floating in the air in front of his face. "CLOSURE. TRUTH. MOST GUYS."
This first novel opens well. O'Dell does an impeccable job of making Harley both brutal and forgivable. Here, for instance, he retreats to his basement room: "I lay there until dawn, thinking about Dad, and feeling the same useless frustration I had felt the first time I had seen him piss on a sparkling white drift of pure new snow."
But that delicacy is soon lost, and Back Roads risks becoming an overabundant affair, pitched high, with a roller-coaster trajectory. Harley's anger metamorphoses into an almost bloodthirsty lust for his sexy, middle-aged neighbor, which stirs up myriad forbidden family secrets. Misty, it turns out, has been hiding something. Amber revolts. And even Jody's scribbles turn malevolent. While the writing is good throughout, the tension and plotting assume an unpleasant adolescent posture--bodice-ripping passion and mordant gloom combined. Nonetheless, O'Dell's assured and touching portrait of her protagonist emerges unscathed. You will likely remember luckless, fated Harley Altmyer long after his tsunamic tale has receded. And no matter what the judge decides, you will understand why this impoverished, angry young man was probably the most innocent one of all. --Jean Lenihan
Título: Backroads (SIGNED & DATED W/PLACE OF SIGNING...
Año de publicación: 2000
Condición del libro: As New
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción Viking Penguin, 2000. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP70281210
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Descripción Viking Penguin January 2000, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used - Very Good. Slight wear. May have minor sticker residue or marks or writing. Our service is second to no other seller because we use easy to remove inventory tags and try to ship every day so your book arrives quicker! As a small independent book store in the Midwest we thank you for the support. Satisfaction guaranteed in all transactions. Let us know what we can do to help!. Nº de ref. de la librería 14816
Descripción Viking Penguin. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Nº de ref. de la librería 2833467345
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Descripción Estado de conservación: Fair. [ No Hassle 30 Day Returns ][ Ships Daily ] [ Underlining/Highlighting: NONE ] [ Writing: NONE ] [ Edition: third ] Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Viking Pr Pub Date: 1/1/2000 Binding: Hardcover Pages: 338 third edition. Nº de ref. de la librería 4984069