Old Border Road: A Novel

Paperback | December 7, 2011

bySusan Froderberg

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Katherine is seventeen, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona. Her mother is feckless, her father busy up north with his new family. Meeting Son, the scion of a local rancher, seems like deliverance. They marry and live as a family in his parents' venerable adobe house, but it soon becomes clear that Son is a man who, as his father says, has a "young heart near withered beneath the breastbone." Katherine must find her own way during a dangerous months-long drought, when everything seems to be disintegrating around her. The physical terrain ofOld Border Road, like Marilynne Robinson's Idaho or Cormac McCarthy's Texas, is more than a backdrop--it informs what happens.

Susan Froderberg's novel speaks to universal concerns about commitment, ambition, and betrayal. Her use of incantatory, almost biblical language--and her knowledge of both the complexities of a small, deeply-rooted place and the human heart--makeOld Border Roadsoar.

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Katherine is seventeen, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona. Her mother is feckless, her father busy up north with his new family. Meeting Son, the scion of a local rancher, seems like deliverance. They marry and live as a family in his parents' venerable adobe house, but it soon becomes clear that Son...

Susan Froderberg was born in Washington State. She moved east to study medical ethics and philosophy at Columbia University, where she received her doctorate. Froderberg lives with her husband in New York City.Old Border Roadis her first book.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:December 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316098787

ISBN - 13:9780316098786

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"Set against a stifling drought, events take on their own slow-burning heat. . . .Froderberg's writing...achieves the sublime."-The New Yorker