The road home

by Jim Harrison

Hardcover, 1998





New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998


Fiction. Literature. HTML:In one of Jim Harrison's greatest works, five members of the Northridge family narrate the tangled epic of their history on the Nebraska plains. The Road Home continues the story of the captivating heroine Dalva and her peculiar and remarkable family. It encompasses the voices of Dalva's grandfather John Northridge, the austere, hard-living half-Sioux patriarch; Naomi, the widow of his favorite son and namesake; Paul, the first Northridge son, who lived in the shadow of his brother; and Nelse, the son taken from Dalva at birth, who now has returned to find her. It is haunted by the hovering spirits of the father and the lover Dalva lost to this country's wars. It is a family history drenched in suffering and joy, imbued with fierce independence and love, rooted in the Nebraska soil, and intertwined with the destiny of whites and native Americans in the American West. Epic in scope, stretching from the close of the nineteenth century to the present day, The Road Home is a stunning and trenchant novel, written with the humor, humanity, and inimitable evocation of the American spirit that have delighted Jim Harrison's legion of fans. "A graceful novel . . . To read this book is to feel the luminosity of nature in one's own being." ??The New York Times Book Review "The Road Home confirms what his longtime fans already know: Harrison is on the short list of American literary masters." ??The Denver Post "Demonstrates why [Harrison] is considered one of the best storytellers around." ??The Washington Post "The Road Home is Harrison at the peak of his powers, a splendid combined prequel and sequel . . . very much alive and probably his best novel." ??Boston Sunday… (more)

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LibraryThing member midlandsowl
This is one of the few books I have read more than once! And for good reason. Harrison's understanding of the history and natural history of this region, fantastic use of multiple perspectives, and characterisation make this such a rewarding read. I'll admit, I struggled with it at times,
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particularly the prose style of Dalva's grandfather, but it was worth it. This sounds sad, but you actually miss the characters when you finish it, which shows how well developed they are. I need to dig out my copy of Dalva now which I fear may be lost! Problem is it's q-hard to get hold of Harrison's writing over in the UK. Damm shame!
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LibraryThing member kyleblack
Stunning. This book left me shaken and wishing the characters could stay with me just a bit longer. My grandfather introduced me to Jim Harrison this winter and I will always be incredibly grateful. One of the best location/genealogical centered novels I've read since One Hundred Years of Solitude.
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Harrison knows his characters and the Nebraska country well. Nothing is romantic or overdrawn about this. Just raw, beautiful and devastating.

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LibraryThing member JBreedlove
The conclusion of Dalva. Dalva walks her road from Nebraska to the Keys. Written mostly from a female's point of view Harrison's oblique view of people and places provides material for rumination and his descriptive writing provides a definite sense of place.



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