[Ebook] ↠ Back Roads Author Tawni O'Dell – Anguillais.us

Back Roads Harley Altmyer Should Be In College Drinking Rolling Rock And Chasing Girls He Should Be Freed From His Closed Minded, Stricken Coal Town, With Its Lack Of Jobs And No Sense Of Humor Instead, He S Constantly Reminded Of Just How Messed Up His Life IsWith His Mother In Jail For Killing His Abusive Father, Harley 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 The Pennsylvania Backwoods Caring For His Three Younger Sisters, Whose Feelings About Him Range From Stifling Dependence To Loathing And Once He Develops An Obsession With The Sexy, Melancholic Mother Of Two Living Down The Road, Those Victoria S Secret Catalogs Just Won T Do The Trick Any He Wants Callie Mercer So Badly He Fears He Will Explode 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, The Unforgettable Harley Could Never Know That His Endearing Humor, His Love For His Sisters, And His Bumbling Heroics Would Redeem Them AllFunny And Heartbreaking, Tawni O Dell S Pitch Perfect Characters Capture The Maddening Confusion Of Adolescence And The Prickly Nature Of Family With Irony And Unerring Honesty Back Roads Is A Riveting Novel By A Formidable New TalentOne Day You Re That Guy Who S Happy He Managed To Survive High School And Get That Almighty Piece Of Paper, And You Re Thinking You Might Try To Get A Job At Redi Mix Concrete Where Your Dad S Worked Since The Beginning Of Time And At Least You Ve Got A Family You Can Stand Even If They Are All Sisters

[Ebook] ↠ Back Roads  Author Tawni O'Dell – Anguillais.us
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Back Roads
  • Tawni O'Dell
  • English
  • 09 February 2017
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    10 thoughts on “[Ebook] ↠ Back Roads Author Tawni O'Dell – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    Back roads meet backwards This is a story of a disturbingly dysfunctional family 19 year old Harley is a country boy, raising 3 younger sisters on account his mother is in jail for the murder of his father Hormones running amok, sanity on the edge, an obsession with an older woman, mix in an abusive upbringing and this is formula for self destruction.The transformation from child to man happens with the delayering of lies that reveal truths ugly ones He is in a constant tormented struggle w Back roads meet backwards This is a story of a disturbingly dysfunctional family 19 year old Harley is a country boy, raising 3 younger sisters on account his mother is in jail for the murder of his father Hormones running amok, sanity on the edge, an obsession with an older woman, mix in an abusive upbringing and this is formula for self destruction.The transformation from child to man happens with the delayering of lies that reveal truths ugly ones He is in a constant tormented struggle with what he knows is right with what has happened in the past A coming of age story where good trumps over evil at the cost of self sacrifice This was an engaging read I like O Dell s writing style and character development Although her debut, I found it better than her latest release, Angels Burning 4


  2. says:

    i have developed a real taste for literature from this region lately and that might be the problem why i didn t love this book the way danaaaaa does all of the other books i have read and i am using the term region pretty loosely to encompass mostly appalachia, but blurring around the edges of appalachia proper a little have followed a pretty consistent speech pattern and tone that this one strays from am i being sexist to point out that this is the only woman i have read writing this ki i have developed a real taste for literature from this region lately and that might be the problem why i didn t love this book the way danaaaaa does all of the other books i have read and i am using the term region pretty loosely to encompass mostly appalachia, but blurring around the edges of appalachia proper a little have followed a pretty consistent speech pattern and tone that this one strays from am i being sexist to point out that this is the only woman i have read writing this kind of material and maybe the things i admire the succinctness of the prose and the very barebones dialogue that masks some huge concepts are a regional idiosyncrasy that female writers value less i would love some argument to this, because i know this can t be true.this is her nine year old but i didn t see bitterness or self pity or some warped nostalgic wistfulness in his face what i saw was something like pride but pride without ego, something like acceptance but acceptance without ever being allowed to consider any other options this just doesn t ring true as a nine year old observation and yes the character is recalling the incident as a nineteen year old, but this and some other rather advanced psychological observations are being presented as having been acknowledged by a nine year old, and that just doesn t mesh for me.even as a nineteen year old, it wouldn t work, not for this nineteen year old and i am not saying that he needs to be an idiot, but the reality of his situation is that he works two jobs, goes to the shrink in his spare time, and is raising three younger siblings in the wake of his family s tragedy i just don t buy a boy of his age, background, and situation waxing philosophical about art from having seen some notecard reproductions and having such sophisticated epiphanies, all the while experiencing hallucinations and blackouts as well as having his sexual awakening meditating on the meaning of art is inessential it is unrealistic to have this character speculating on the divergence of gender roles in a post lapsarian world this is an intellectual luxury were you ever a nineteen year old boy living hand to mouth mostly concerned with who would pay the bills and why your mom killed your dad is this how you spent time thinking her eyes turned a sandblasted gray as if she had made them ready for me to carve into them whatever horrible image i chose a gray mist had settled over everything, absorbing the weak morning light, and giving the air substance i stuck my bare arm out into it and brought it back covered in shimmer i breathed it in deeply, letting its feather weight fill my lungs and roll over my tongue it tasted sweet and empty like purity should.and i am not saying that poverty should go hand in hand with inarticulate or unsophisticated speech, but this seems indulgent and inappropriate you can have something be poetic and still ring true to the dialect of the region ron rash, cormac mccarthy, castle freedman jr, daniel woodrell all function perfectly well within the confines of terse sentences that explode with meaning and they make sentences that resonate without sounding forced gun s only good when it s the only gun.that is one of my favorite sentences ever.and i could fill the page with mccarthy examples and even nick cave in and the ass saw the angel an australian, writing in a dialect that is occasionally sloppy, makes it realistic sounding because of the biblical nature of the narrator s speeches they are wildly overblown, but the kid is a crazy, b full of a mission of avenging angeldom, c fucking crazy so the hifalutin language works, especially in a character that, being mute, can only express himself in his head, so the contrast works exceptionally well daniel woodrell makes such a believable character of ree in winter s bone in the way she is raising her two younger brothers by herself, in the advice she gives never ask for what ought to be offered don t fight if you can help it but if one of you gets whipped by somebody both of you best come home bloody, understand she is tough and matter of fact and she never shrinks from what is necessary but it is all done, not with resignation, never like she is giving something up she is simply practical and does what needs doing and she never once talks about art.but i have strayed from my point.i can see why oprah likes it she loves the dysfunctional, depressing families, with a soup on of incest and she thinks women will like it too and she is probably right, only this woman has been spoiled with too many similar books that hit all my personal buttons.the book is not at all bad the descriptions of the landscape are wonderful i love the coal seeping through the ground to blacken the salt licks, and the deer being drawn to them despite their slowly being killed by them the author is from the region, and she does a really good job of building the scenery, but the people sometimes seem either like caricatures slutty, looking for love and comfort amber or just too flowery in speech.but i was never bored, and even though i could tell where it was going, it was still a good read


  3. says:

    Let s just say one thing this is one fucked up family If you decide to read this book, brace yourself, seriously, the Altmyer s are fucked up But for some reason, you still like them.There s so much that happens in this story that keeps you reading I can t say much without giving it away For a first novel O Dell does an extremely good job Her writing is raw and real which helps add to the mood and characters of the book.One thing I liked about O Dell s style was that instead of constantly d Let s just say one thing this is one fucked up family If you decide to read this book, brace yourself, seriously, the Altmyer s are fucked up But for some reason, you still like them.There s so much that happens in this story that keeps you reading I can t say much without giving it away For a first novel O Dell does an extremely good job Her writing is raw and real which helps add to the mood and characters of the book.One thing I liked about O Dell s style was that instead of constantly describing the overall pictures of things, she finds minute details, idiosyncrasies in characters, flaws in settings, to focus on instead It s fascinating and beautiful at the same time.Like I said earlier, there are so many surprises that pop up throughout the book to rehash the plot and what I liked about the story and didn t like would give too much away and probably keep you from reading the story It s these surprises that really keep the story moving and keep you reading


  4. says:

    Tawni O Dell, Back Roads Viking, 2000 I find the whole thing incredibly amusing.Had a man written this book, word for word, the character of Harley Altmeyer would no doubt be blazoned on the front as an unstoppable sociopath about to explode fill in the correct number of exclamation points, depending on era and author Instead, the back cover blurb calls him wonderfully touching Oh, please.Thank heaven Tawni O Dell is a much better writer than her blurbist, because Harley Altmeyer is the Tawni O Dell, Back Roads Viking, 2000 I find the whole thing incredibly amusing.Had a man written this book, word for word, the character of Harley Altmeyer would no doubt be blazoned on the front as an unstoppable sociopath about to explode fill in the correct number of exclamation points, depending on era and author Instead, the back cover blurb calls him wonderfully touching Oh, please.Thank heaven Tawni O Dell is a much better writer than her blurbist, because Harley Altmeyer is the least likable hero I ve run across since Michael Moorcock decided an anorexic albino with a big black sword sounded like a good idea Note I didn t say antihero there Harley Altmeyer is certainly the hero of this book in that, while O Dell keeps him so unlikable he gets nauseating at times, we never stop feeling sympathy for him.Altmeyer is on the brink of his twentieth birthday, and as we open he s sitting in the box in the local police station being grilled by three cops for killing his girlfriend who just happens to be the thirty four year old wife of the next door neighbor Not terribly surprising, the cops muse, given his roots Harley s mother was convicted of killing his father a couple years previous, and is now sitting in prison in Indiana, PA I point this out because for the first hundred fifty pages I wondered how they could drive from Pennsylvania to Indiana in two hours and I spent over half my life living less than an hour from Indiana, PA Obviously a truly memorable place Harley spends about two hundred fifty pages spinning out his tale, and it s a doozy After his mom iced his dad, he was dead and she was in jail, and the task of raising his three younger sisters fell squarely on his shoulders Nineteen, saddled with all the bills, working two jobs, and having to raise three sisters, ranging in age from six to sixteen It s not exactly a Frank Capra film And Harley, whose love hate relationship with all women borders on the psychotic, is in no way going to be mistaken for Jimmy Stewart actually, I saw Giovanni Ribisi, circa his memorable X Files appearance, playing this guy.If you ve got half a brain and have read enough books along these lines, you ve probably got half of it figured before you open the front cover But O Dell s writing is so thoroughly disingenuous, and Harley the very essence of the unreliable narrator is so straightforward and quasi logical that he s completely believable And so, despite the general predictability of the plot points, they still hit with a roundhouse.The tendency, of course, is to compare this with the other novels in the Oprah stable, but it pulls me in a different direction there shere that invites comparison with Ian McEwan s weepingly good first novel, The Cement Garden and not just the overall plot, either While McEwan has turned into something of a washed out pansy since he hit us over the head with that particular cement block, I still have high hopes for O Dell This is stark, simple, minimal, easy to read, compelling, with some of the strongest characterization I ve come across in years, and somehow the revelations that just kind of wander through the last fifty pages no big emotional revelatory scenes here still manage to surprise, not to mention tug at the heartstrings.Oprah found a good un here, that s for sure Let s just hope O Dell doesn t end up a washed out pansy who moves to England for the sole purpose of getting short listed for the Booker Prize 1 2


  5. says:

    This is my take on Oprah books really bad things happen to people who are already suffering from other bad things and the end is never a happy one In fact, they re often icky endings.Woody loaned me Back Roads and I read through it in one sick day last week The story is told from the point of view of Harley, a 19 year old boy, whose Mother is in prison for killing his Father Harley s left with raising his three younger sisters There s abuse, murder, incest, adultery, mental illnessyep, a This is my take on Oprah books really bad things happen to people who are already suffering from other bad things and the end is never a happy one In fact, they re often icky endings.Woody loaned me Back Roads and I read through it in one sick day last week The story is told from the point of view of Harley, a 19 year old boy, whose Mother is in prison for killing his Father Harley s left with raising his three younger sisters There s abuse, murder, incest, adultery, mental illnessyep, a perfect Oprah book.I have to admit I was thoroughly engrossed while reading this I sympathized with Harley and it was painful to see what was happening to him and around him Of course, it being an Oprah book, I wanted to take a shower after I was done to get the Ick feeling to go away


  6. says:

    I have to admit that the blurb is deceiving this time From the blurb, you wouldn t be able to tell how great the book is without at least reading the first chapter, it just pulls you in and you ll wanna find outBack Roads is about a 19 year old boy named Harley Altmyer who has to take care of his three younger sisters after their caring mom has been sent to jail for killing their abusive father The book is not about how he s surviving in life though, but about love as well, as a key poi I have to admit that the blurb is deceiving this time From the blurb, you wouldn t be able to tell how great the book is without at least reading the first chapter, it just pulls you in and you ll wanna find outBack Roads is about a 19 year old boy named Harley Altmyer who has to take care of his three younger sisters after their caring mom has been sent to jail for killing their abusive father The book is not about how he s surviving in life though, but about love as well, as a key point to the book is that he lusts for a mother of two down the road of his home As the story progresses unbelievable things seems to progress and the shocking truth is revealed at the end, the truth about the father s death At first to me it seems like the book has no point, it s just talking about some crappy life of a kid who s suffering because he s at lost of parents and that he has to live on his own while taking care of his 3 sisters, yet there isto it that meets the eyes This book reminds me of the Catcher in the Rye as how the situations are differently yet the main character have the biggest issue with everyone else in the book Either way i think this was one of the best books i read in my life, I recommend it to everyone Warning This book is pretty mature, don t read if you can t handle grusome description or sex scenes or incestuous themes


  7. says:

    I don t usually comment on my books, or give a review, but this book was great Finished it in 2 days because I could not put it down It s been a while since I was that into what I was reading It s rough, raw, compelling, heartbreaking and you can t help connecting with the characters This story will stay with me for some time.


  8. says:

    Never before I ve read characters so visceral, resilient, strong, so brave, and yet so utterly self destructive bent on harming themselves when they can forgive each other This was an Oprah Book Club choice, but I ll forgive that.This is without a doubt hands down, absolutely one of my favorite, favorite books Of all Time In fact, this one here is right up there next to Fools Die by Mario Puzo, on the very top It s so haunting, beautifully written The characters so real that I feel for the Never before I ve read characters so visceral, resilient, strong, so brave, and yet so utterly self destructive bent on harming themselves when they can forgive each other This was an Oprah Book Club choice, but I ll forgive that.This is without a doubt hands down, absolutely one of my favorite, favorite books Of all Time In fact, this one here is right up there next to Fools Die by Mario Puzo, on the very top It s so haunting, beautifully written The characters so real that I feel for them every time I read it I could pick this up any time, any where, and it will move me just the same, every single time It is fallow like that But the emotional impact, oh boy, remains the same Devastating Let s try a sample of her writing shall we, just a taste Okay SPOILERS DOWN BELOW It wasn t fair he got the chance and I didn t I wouldn t have wasted it If I had known Mom was going to kill Dad that night as I went off to Skip s house to drink contraband beers and bullshit about horny college chicks, I would ve stopped first and cleared some things up I would ve asked him why he didn t like me I would ve apologized for being such a disappointment to him And I would ve told him I loved him because I did in some joyless, unsatisfying way that hurt instead of healed, but I knew it was still love In my hands right now, this book feels as vague and familiar as home comfortable oh how I love 2006 For a year can be be home, too But I love Another now and for another And God, I am tempted to reread this immediately, at once but no, I ll just read one of her newer novels sitting emptily on my shelf I can t recommend this book enough, in fact I would urge everyone to read this pronto Don t miss out on this Please feel the urgency Tawni O Dell is a remarkably talented woman in the same vein as Janet Fitch, she is not only a favorite author of mine, but also one of the best people in the known world.I wish could give Back Roads a thousand stars, but already a thousand suns have gone into making this one.Let this devastate you Let it


  9. says:

    I bought Back Roads while I was on vacation in Florida I bought the hard cover from the clearance shelf at Barnes Noble for 5 I started reading it and couldn t put it down I hadn t read a good book like that in a long time Tawni O Dell reminded me why I loved to read I actually felt guilty that I only paid 5 for a hard cover version of such an amazing book I loved it so much that I wrote to Tawni and asked her if she would sign it for me if I sent it to her with return postage paid I bought Back Roads while I was on vacation in Florida I bought the hard cover from the clearance shelf at Barnes Noble for 5 I started reading it and couldn t put it down I hadn t read a good book like that in a long time Tawni O Dell reminded me why I loved to read I actually felt guilty that I only paid 5 for a hard cover version of such an amazing book I loved it so much that I wrote to Tawni and asked her if she would sign it for me if I sent it to her with return postage paid She agreed It so happened that I vacationed not far from where she lives I asked her if I could meet her someplace so she could sign the books I bought twocopies, one for my best friend and another for my daughter s teacher She agreed to meet me at Denny s When I called her to tell her I was on my way, she invited me to go to her home I felt humble knowing I would be in the home and presence of such a great writer She greeted me at the door and welcomed me into her home We sat and talked over coffee and pastry She signed my books, personalizing each I left there knowing that I would read every book she ever writes, and that I would not mind paying full price for her books Back Roads made me laugh, cry, sigh, shake my head and feel like I was right there as I was reading The characters are real you can relate to their experiences Tawni brings you into the book Make sure you start reading when you won t have to worry about stopping Therefore, do not start reading it on your lunch break at work You will probably be compelled to call your boss and say you had to go home during lunch and can t return Enjoy


  10. says:

    I had a hard time believing that Harley would continue to go to see the therapist while working two jobs and not having a dime to spare not that the therapy was costing anything except time, but it didn t add up other than as a plot device to explain that he was nuts in case it escaped the reader s attention The real story should have been told from Amber s point of view There were complex issues between Amber, Misty and their mother that Harley would never understand, and that complexity I had a hard time believing that Harley would continue to go to see the therapist while working two jobs and not having a dime to spare not that the therapy was costing anything except time, but it didn t add up other than as a plot device to explain that he was nuts in case it escaped the reader s attention The real story should have been told from Amber s point of view There were complex issues between Amber, Misty and their mother that Harley would never understand, and that complexity deserved to be explored In many ways this felt like another tired reaffirmation of Appalachia stereotypes The introduction of impressionist art somehow hinted that this book might rise above the jokes, but in the end it wasn t enough There s Appalachia, with everyone in the country making fun of them, proving again they are worthy of the treatment That leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a reader, and explains in many ways why the author hasn t been able to follow up her initial success with another that, and the lack of Oprah s marketing support Beach reading at best Unless someone gives me a compelling reason, I won t read this author again

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