Bent Road

Bent Road

Book - 2011
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Celia Scott and her family move back to her husband's hometown in Kansas, where his sister died under mysterious circumstances twenty years before, and where Celia and two of her children struggle to adjust--especially when a local girl disappears.
Publisher: New York , N.Y. : Dutton, c2011
ISBN: 9780525951834
0525951830
Branch Call Number: ROY
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 24 cm

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Septemberly
Sep 07, 2014

A strange, dark book with sad turns, family secrets, and unanswered questions. So much sadness for one small family.

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SuzeParker
Dec 14, 2013

All the way through reading Bent Road, I kept thinking, "This is such a weird little book." Certainly, allowing blame to fall on the wrong person and failing to honestly address horrible family secrets have dire consequences. Lori Roy makes that point in spades. What seemed weird was that, with all the dreadful experiences the Scott family suffers after moving to Kansas, they neither completely fall apart nor fully band together. Celia, who seems pretty attuned to her kids in one sense, isn't even aware that her youngest daughter is friendless at school. I grew up rural Kansas in exactly this time period, and this story bore virtually no resemblance to my small-town experience. Maybe I filtered the book, set in 1967, through the mindset of someone living in the 2000s, but it seemed to me that the way the several characters were drawn would also have made them behave differently than they did. The book is dark, dark, dark, and there's no relief from it.

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GLNovak
Aug 13, 2012

Something horrible happened when Arthur was only ten, something that marked his family forever. His sister Eve died and Ray Walker is blamed but there is no proof. Now, Arthur and his own family move back to Kansas and slowly truths come out. A very good read.

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nataliemiller10
Jul 19, 2012

I would have liked to get the know the characters more. This was an excellent book and I would have enjoyed a view inside of their minds.

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dcafk
Jul 22, 2011

This is an excellent book which I recommend wholeheartedly.

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