Back Roads

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Thorndike Press, 2000 - Fiction - 511 pages
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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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Wow, this book captured me from the first pages. The topic was almost always sadness, but despite that I needed to keep reading. The main character has not had a happy life at all, but the compassion ... Read full review

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This book is dark and suspenseful in parts- and not a book I would normally like but somehow this writer made me have to keep reading it. It was like a bad accident and I couldn't put it down! 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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