Back Roads

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - Fiction - 511 pages
530 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  - Andrea - Goodreads

Holy f'ed up, Batman! The book was good, the writing really pulled me in and made the people feel real. The story however isn't really one you want to read over and over. I can see why it was made into a movie. Read full review

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User Review  - Jill Picaso - Goodreads

Interesting book. Not what I expected. Creative, rough to read due to its content. Abuse and psychosis And violence. Well written, but be prepped for a lot of heaviness. 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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