Marchlands

Marchlands

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Daughter of an alcoholic mother, sister of a soldier in Vietnam, Sophie Baer dreams of finding her missing father while riding her beloved horse across her family's Wyoming sheep ranch, leading to a violent confrontation. A debut novel. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Living on a thousand-acre sheep ranch, fifteen-year-old Sophie Behr can ride for hours and not see another person; her closest companion, her horse, Pablo. And Sophie often roams to think - about Demetrio, the Mexican ranch hand who helped make the baby growing inside her; about her mother and Aunt Alice, who drink every night while watching the television news, hoping to catch a glimpse of their sons fighting in Vietnam; and about her father, who vanished one day when Sophie was four years old.
Sophie's mother - tough, bitter, and unstable - warns Sophie never to mention her father's name, but Sophie is compelled to find him and discover why he left. After a frighteningly violent reunion, she seeks refuge and illumination from her grandmother. At once child and woman, Sophie is a precociously wise observer of the tragedies of her own family and of the world.

Simon and Schuster
In Marchlands, Karla Kuban's stunning first novel, she introduces a troubled, intrepid, ultimately triumphant young heroine whose path to womanhood is both original and extraordinarily compelling. Living on a thousand-acre sheep ranch, fifteen-year-old Sophie Behr can ride for hours and not see another person; her closest companion, her horse, Pablo. And Sophie often roams to think -- about Demetrio, the Mexican ranch hand who helped make the baby growing inside her; about her mother and Aunt Alice, who drink every night while watching the television news, hoping to catch a glimpse of their sons fighting in Vietnam; and about her father, who vanished one day when Sophie was four years old. Sophie's mother -- tough, bitter, and unstable -- warns Sophie never to mention her father's name, but Sophie is compelled to find him and discover why he left. After a frighteningly violent reunion, she seeks refuge and illumination from her grandmother. At once child and woman, Sophie is a precociously wise observer of the tragedies of her own family and of the world. It is Karla Kuban's masterful sense of place and the startling clarity of her voice that make Marchlands such a spectacular fiction debut.

Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, c1998
ISBN: 9780684831657
0684831651
Characteristics: 270 p. ; 25 cm

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