NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Funny and heartbreaking, this New York Times bestselling debut perfectly captures the maddening confusion of. Editorial Reviews. Review. Oprah Book Club® Selection, March Not since Back Roads – Kindle edition by Tawni O’Dell. Download it once . Danielle Barnes Backroads SUMMARY OF MAJOR EVENTS Backroads begins with Harley being questioned by the police for a crime that the reader knows not.

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To call it “gritty” doesn’t quite capture how gross certain scene descriptions can be. Apparently I may need to wear them more. I was intrigued by the psychology of Harley, and the unfortunate circumstances of t This was my first time reading an Oprah selection and I was disappointed. Too much or too little taken on, and the results of that decision.

In fact, this one here is right up there next to Fools Die by Mario Puzo, on the very top. In a small Pennsylvania town depressed by coal mine closings, a young man of 19 finds himself thrust into the role of parent.

If I had known Mom was going to kill Dad that night as I went off to Goads house to drink contraband beers and bullshit about horny college chicks, I would’ve stopped first and cleared some things up. Write a customer review.

Maybe some of the readers were too close to the subject. I sympathized with Harley and it was painful to see what was happening to him and around him. He and his sisters grew up in this situation, and they all reacted to it in different ways. Back Roads is a riveting novel by a formidable new talent. 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.

Please feel the urgency. Funny 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. And of course, it’s brilliant. In fact, this was a really good story.


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He didn’t get that bacm from the inciting incident. Not good in terms of characters I loved, and a great adventure or anything like that, but it was good in how it gawni me feel for these characters, even when they were making me sick. And the reason why? Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Tawni O’Dell is incredibly imaginative and I was easily transported to her coal-mining town setting alongside her colorful characters.

How might Harley be different in other circumstances? Harley sometimes has violent physical fantasies, many of them aimed at women.

O’Dell provides insight into a segment of America This book honestly made me so Okay so this book Sexual tension between Harley and Amber is evident throughout this story. Is a certain portion of this natural when teens reach puberty? As a writer who grew up in a gritty place, I’ve wondered how to write about the amazing stories I accumulated there. I couldn’t put this book down, which is crazy because it is so disturbing. It contains some very mature topics so if you’re not comfortable reading those then this book really isn’t for you!

One person found this helpful. And here I had a little trouble with the willing suspension, the likelihood of this woman risking her marriage for a relationship with someone who is so very damaged, and so very tawnl. January 1, Sold by: Yes, Harley is angry and in trouble, but funny too. Quotes from Back Roads. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. While the writing is good throughout, the tension and plotting assume an unpleasant adolescent posture–bodice-ripping passion and mordant gloom combined.

Mar 17, Dennis rated it it was ok Recommends it for: In many ways, he is nack as a decent, hardworking, loving man. With 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.


Harley’s anger metamorphoses into an almost bloodthirsty lust for his sexy, middle-aged neighbor, which stirs up myriad forbidden family secrets. I was pretty much hooked from the get-go, I immediately felt for Harley and his sisters, their whole situation.

All in all, an amazing book.

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One of the most amazing aspects of O’Dell’s writing is that she leads you to draw one conclusion about a character, and tadni slowly feeds you evidence that you’ve misjudged. Views Read Edit View history. And then I’m left hating the people I respected, and respecting the people I hated. I’m having a hard time rating this book.

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His final decision is an attempt to provide some hope for his sisters. Either way i think this was one of the best books i read in my life, I recommend it to everyone.

It’s incredibly dark and morose, but the author does an excellent job taking us into the head of a year-old small town tadni who has been dealt an extremely tough hand–taking care of three sisters after his mother has murdered his father. He didn’t get that way from the inciting incident. In the far past, it’s Dad himself: Family secrets and unspoken truths threaten to consume him as his obsession deepens and she responds unearthing a series of staggering surprises. Tawnii is part saint, part sinner; part child, part man.