Back Roads

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - Fiction - 511 pages
434 Reviews
Harley Altmyer should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. Instead, he's marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters. Frustrated, overwhelmed, and utterly endearing, he's a guy in an impossible situation: an orphan with the responsibilities of an adult and the fiery; aggressive libido of a teenager. Then family secrets and unspoken truths collide with his youthful sexual obsession, unearthing a series of staggering surprises...

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Great characters, nice plot twists, good read - Goodreads
Good book but it was a little hard to read. - Goodreads
Loved the writing but pretty disturbing. - Goodreads
Was disappointed with the ending. - Goodreads
I love her depiction of rural life. - Goodreads
Deeply disturbing, but a page turner. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Julielenore - Goodreads

This was a remarkable book. Harley is a 19 year old who is looking after his three sisters after his mother has been imprisoned for the murder of his father. He is juggling two jobs, three sisters ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherry - Goodreads

It was on Oprah's Book Club. Our agency bookclub read it for our very first book. It was a bit disappointing. Read full review


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Tawni O'Dell is the "New York Times" bestselling author of Coal Run and Back Roads, which was also an Oprah's Book Club selection. She lives in Pennsylvania with her two children and her husband, literary translator Bernard Cohen.
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