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The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify rebellious Nova, who runs away to the drug-infested streets of Seattle. Muri searches for her daughter and for something to believe in, all the while trying to save her inheritance from the conniving neighbor who calls her dad Chief Joseph. Along with Joe's sister, Aunt Lutie, and the Red Rock Tabernacle Ladies, Muri must rediscover the faith her alcoholic dad never abandoned in order to reclaim her own spiritual path.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
In The Fence My Father Built, when legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian, hauls her kids, teenage Nova and eleven year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, shes confronted by a neighbors harassment over water rights and Joes legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.
The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify rebellious Nova, who runs away to the drug-infested streets of Seattle. Muri searches for her daughter and for something to believe in, all the while trying to save her inheritance from the conniving neighbor who calls her dad Chief Joseph. Along with Joes sister, Aunt Lutie, and the Red Rock Tabernacle Ladies, Muri must rediscover the faith her alcoholic dad never abandoned in order to reclaim her own spiritual path.
newsySDAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 3, 2013newsySDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I so enjoyed this book. It was wonderful and a quick read!! Loved it!!
Doris WrightMorganfield, KYAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5BoringFebruary 9, 2013Doris WrightMorganfield, KYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1The story never took off. Boring characters. Jim, the pig had more life to him than these characters. The author was repetitive. I only got to chapter 11 and the author still hadn't got to the story just kept repeating the same thing over and over. Poor editing as well. A lot of discrepancies. After reading the word on page 84 I'm surprised CBD is selling this book.
UnicornAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5EnjoayableJuly 27, 2012UnicornAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was the first e-book I read when I received my new e-reader. I actually enjoyed it... The characters were believable and you gain to love them and there quirky lifestyle. There is a Christian influence that was influenced which I also enjoyed. It is rather predicable tho no real mystery you know who the villain and who the star is so no major twist turns or edge of your seat reading but never the less I enjoyed it was a nice easy read =)
newkoboBrockville, ONAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent StoryApril 13, 2012newkoboBrockville, ONAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a good novel and gave you lots to think about as you were reading.
St. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Finding Your Way HomeJune 6, 2011St. Paul, MNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Muri Pond is in the midst of a divorce from Chaz when she receives word of her father, Joseph Pond's, death and the issues surrounding her inherited property. The land she inherited consisted of a dilapidated trailer where her Aunt Lutie and Uncle Tiny live, where they cared for Joseph until he died, as well as a creek and the legal problems surrounding the creek (â€˜liquid gold'). She arrived with all belongings and her two children, Nova, 15, and Truman (Tru), 11. Attitudes clashed between mother and daughter the whole way out there and beyond!
Lincoln Jackson (Linc) owns everything in and around Murkee except Joseph Pond's land and creek and Rubin Jonto's land, which Linc is pressuring to acquire. Everyone has acquiesced to Linc except Rubin and Joseph, and he now expects Muri to fold. But she is her father's daughter!
Because of his drunkenness, Joseph had lost communication with Muri shortly after she turned three, when his wife left him and remarried. Linda's book, The Fence My Father Built, is the tender story of the struggling issues Muri has regarding her dad and finding his heart for her after so many years apart, the first through years of love for him and then eventual hatred. You go through the throes of love, anger, loss, rejection, and loneliness that a child, now an adult, has to reconcile with, along with the legal issues about the ranch thrown in. The story is told through the voice and heart of Muri, along with the voice and heart of her father through his journal. Definitely touches your heart.
The struggles of the ranchers that need the â€˜liquid gold,' the greed of one man who threatens to take that land through legal means, which appears to go beyond just the title to the creek, are aptly described for this dry, dusty country. The tension and animosity are palpable between the characters. However, Linda tosses in a sweet romance to take the edge off the ugly issues brewing.
I loved the story for the rich history of the land, the personal reconciliation that Muri needed to work through, the touching story of the love of a father for his daughter, and the faith and truth that binds it all together. The â€˜Fence" adds a delightful touch of character to the story. â€˜Finding your way home' has a double meaning that everyone needs to find.
This book was provided by Linda S. Clare in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Located in: Eugene, Oregon
Submitted: December 17, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm the author of three other nonfiction books and a long-time writing teacher for Lane Community College as well as several writing conferences in the Northwest. I have four grown children and I live with my husband of 32 years and our five wayward cats.
What was your motivation behind this project? All my life I longed to meet my biological father, who left my mom and me when I was three. Although I was adopted by a wonderful stepdad, I couldn't shake the yen to know my roots. I finally located my bio dad when I was an adult and discovered my heritage, which includes a significant Native American component.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will take away the idea that we are all redeemable. That although you may not like what you find if you search for a lost loved one, this type of longing is deep and ultimately helps you know not only your past, but also yourself.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Working on this book was very meaningful. I had only reconnected with bio dad a few years before I started writing. The novel also acted out my personal longing to be closer to God after a series of heartaches initially made me unable to trust the Father.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love reading Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg and Anne Lamott. I've also become a fan of Native American flute artist Mary Youngblood, whose haunting music is included on my book's trailer. And I'm getting better at reading the Bible.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Take a chance--risk your heart in edging closer to the God of second chances. I predict you won't be disappointed.