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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library MUR (Text) 33500013032925 New Available -
Climax Public Library MUR (Text) 33500013032933 New Available -
Roseau Public Library MUR (Text) 35500006151318 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062886248
  • ISBN: 006288624X
  • ISBN: 9780062856074
  • ISBN: 0062856073
  • Physical Description: 238 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

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Abandoned by the alcoholic father who idealized the natural world without imparting any survival skills to his children, three siblings in 1970s New York embark on difficult adult lives before their father attempts a reconciliation.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Murphy's (The Boat Runner, 2017) mesmerizing second novel portrays the fractured lives of a family from western New York. Terrance and Catrin are alcoholics, and in the winter of 1978–79, they began to "avoid each other entirely," according to Jamie, the oldest child, then 13. Finally, in 1985 Terrance "pulled away and went west," where he got a job with a power company near Kalispell, Montana. Lewis was 17, Connor 16, and Jamie 20 and heading off to college. Murphy poignantly paints a picture of how deserted the boys felt, "left in the debris of failed families." Over the years, Jamie becomes a philosophy professor, has a daughter, then divorces; Lewis travels the world in the navy; and Connor sells ball bearings, marries, has a son, and gets divorced. Meanwhile, Terrance lives in a cabin on 160 acres in the Bitterroot Mountains, where, after retirement, he creates huge bone sculptures from antlers and animal skeletons he finds on his land. It is here that the family finally reunites in an emotional and beautifully rendered denouement that readers will long remember. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Children of alcoholics > Fiction.
Father and child > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
Genre: Domestic fiction.

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