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The Tie That Binds

Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

From the best-selling author of Eventide, The Tie That Binds is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America and of the tenacity of the human spirit.

Colorado, January 1977. Eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed, IV taped to the back of her hand, police officer at her door. She is charged with murder. The clues: a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife, a milky-eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon. The motives: the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself.

Here, Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains, as told by her neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. As Roscoe shares what he knows, Edith's tragedies unfold: a childhood of predawn chores, a mother's death, a violence that leaves a father dependent on his children, forever enraged. Here is the story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family - and then, in one gesture, reclaims her freedom.

©2010 Kent Haruf (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"An impressive, expertly crafted work of sensitivity and detail.... Powerful." ( Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"[A] fine first novel that dramatically and accurately explores the lives of people who work the land in the stark American Middle West." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Kent Haruf writes so wonderfully...His characters live, and the voice of his narrator reverberates after the last page: humorous, ironic, loving." ( The Christian Science Monitor)

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Wonderful. Storytelling at it's best! Hard to believe that this was his first novel. The narrator is like an old friend, full of warmth. I hung on his every word, wanting to know what happened, without wanting his story to finish. I thoroughly recommend Our Souls at night, by this author and look forward to listening to his other books.

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A depressing read

Good grief, what a depressing read. I selected this book to listen while nursing a particularly bad head cold. Having listened to and enjoyed the softness of Eventide, I hoped the book would be in a similar vein - what a disappointment. Gloomy, glum, black. I gave up - it was making my head cold even worse

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  • Ursula Ingram
  • 28-05-20

Kent Haruf delivers

If you're looking for fluff with a happy ending, don't bother! However, if you're inclined to read about loyalty, persistence and an all-encompassing sense of obligation, you should read this book, or listen to it. Excellent character development and storyline! I once read it and have now enjoyed the audio version.

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  • Ann Dee Ellis
  • 21-02-19

Breakout freshman novel

This is a very well read performance of a softly-gripping tale told over hot drinks on a spring Sunday in Colorado.

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  • Cynthia Easler
  • 15-12-17

Loved this book!

This was an Amazing Story and an amazing performance. I highly recommend listening to it.