Back Roads

Back Roads

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Baker & Taylor
With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, nineteen-year-old Harley Altmyer is charged with caring for his three sisters in a backwards Pennsylvania coal town, but despite his fatherly responsibilities, he is still a teenage boy and lusts after the mother of two who lives down the road

Blackwell North Amer
Harley Altmyer, the heartbreaking and lovable hero of Tawni O'Dell's debut novel, should be in college drinking Rolling Rock and chasing girls. He should be freed from his stifling coal town, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor. Instead, he's marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three beloved but unruly younger sisters. He has, at best, a shaky hold on the vicissitudes of day care, mac and cheese dinners, and visits to a once-devoted mother who seems not only resigned, but glad to hand over the reins of motherhood to her son.
Life is further complicated when he develops an obsession with the sexy, melancholic mother of two down the road. He wants Callie Mercer so badly he fears he will explode. Family secrets and the unspoken truths long held at bay collide with his obsession, unearthing a series of staggering surprises.

Baker
& Taylor

With his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, nineteen-year-old Harley Altmyer is charged with caring for his three sisters in a backwards Pennsylvania coal town, but despite his fatherly responsibilities, he is still a teenage boy and lusts after the mother of two who lives down the road. A first novel. 22,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2000
ISBN: 9780670887606
0670887609
Branch Call Number: F ODE
Characteristics: viii, 338 p. ; 24 cm

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ChiaraLynn
Aug 31, 2019

I love this book. I have read it multiple times over the years.
Descriptive and heartbreaking

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Harley is left to care for his three younger sisters after his mother receives a life sentence for killing his father. Overburdened with the practicalities of life, Harley battles to deal with his anger, his lust for his middle-aged neighbour and the many secrets his family's past holds.

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