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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In roadss face of each unexpected revelation and through every wrenching ordeal, Harley does the best he can to hold it all together. Mar 17, Dennis rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Back Roads made me laugh, cry, sigh, shake my head and feel like I was right there as I was reading. Does his casual violence negate all that?

I generally like books that are dark and edgy but this one was too dark for me, something that doesn’t happen very often. The book is not about how he’s surviving in life though, but about bacck as well, as a key point to the book is that he lusts for a mother of two down the road of his home.

I think I’ll probably hang onto this book, give it another read in the future. After reading so many women comment about men writing in women’s voices, it’s now time to admit that women writing as men can completely miss the boat. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It would take away some of my own guilt.

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This story will stay with me for some time. I was pretty much hooked from the get-go, I immediately felt for Harley and his sisters, their whole situation.

Ruby Oprah’s Book Club 2. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Across the road was a clearing, stretching out green and smooth, then disappearing over a slope into a rolling sea of hills the color of rust and soot and worn yellow carpet. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff she did though.


Herein lies the brilliance of the writer. Your email address will roaads be published. I like the metaphor of Callie Mercer stripping his father’ coat off of Harley before on I’m conflicted.

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

View all 6 comments. The introduction of impressionist art somehow hinted that this book might rise above the jokes, but in the end it wasn’t enough. I bought Back Roads while I was on vacation in Florida. Sure Harley’s in a mental home, but I really think that’s for the best, until he learns to cope, and accept the things that happened and gain some strength or something.

I thought it was depressing as hell. It would make dad more deserving of what he got. It was just tragic circumstance upon tragic circumstance being heaped upon these all-too-tragic characters. He should be free from the backwards Pennsylvania coal town he calls home, with its lack of jobs and no sense of humor.

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

He didn’t get that way from the inciting incident. Never before I’ve read characters so visceral, resilient, strong, so brave, and yet so utterly self-destructive; bent on harming themselves when they can forgive each other. Who was the tormentor, and who bxck tormented, in Callie’s marriage? We are experiencing roasd difficulties. I liked the book because of all the psychological nuances that were there to be explored.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I gave Back Roads 4 stars because of VERY strong 3-dimensional characters, dramatic tension and suspense, a hero I could root for – although anti-hero might roadw the better term – and a satisfying conclusion. I left there knowing that I would read every book she ever writes, and that I would not mind paying full price for her books! I’ve got to say the story was messed up aha! But there wasn’t a single ray of hope for any of them, not really at any point in the book.


Wow, this is some dysfunctional family. Earlier in the book his little sister was talking about Callie ttawni them smores and Harley almost seemed jealous. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

It is a young man’s wet dream. May 03, Conniebell rated it liked it.

I am a fan of dark “depressing” stories, with more realistically troubled characters, so I had to get a copy and find out what had compelled the director of Jacob’s Ladder a very dark film, and a masterpiece in my opinion to adapt this book for the screen.

May 29, Sammy rated it really liked it Shelves: He is able to satisfy his youthful urges by beginning a series of sexual encounters with an older woman whose daughter is a playmate of his youngest sister. He and his sisters grew up in this situation, and they all reacted to it in different ways. The transformation from child to man happens roadds the delayering of lies that reveal truths: One thing I liked about O’Dell’s style was that instead of constantly describing the overall pictures of things, she finds minute details, idiosyncrasies in characters, flaws in settings, to focus on instead.

The story is told from the point of view of Harley, a 19 year old boy, whose Mother is in prison for killing his Father. As he struggles to rosds it together, things begin to spin out of control.