Old Border Road: A Novel

Susan Froderberg

Old Border Road: A Novel

Old Border Road: A Novel

  • Title: Old Border Road: A Novel
  • Author: Susan Froderberg
  • ISBN: 9780316098779
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover

Katherine is 17, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona Her mother is feckless, her father busy 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 heartKatherine is 17, living alone in the beautiful, desolate landscape of southern Arizona Her mother is feckless, her father busy 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 Susan Froderberg s incantatory language and her deep knowledge of both the complexities of a small, deeply rooted place and the human heart make OLD BORDER ROAD soar.

Recent Comments "Old Border Road: A Novel"

Dozens of books have promised the sentiment "for lovers of Cormac McCarthy" and left me sorely disappointed. But, in this claim, Froderberg is truly McCarthy's literary offspring, echoing his hot, haunting brand of southwest essence, desert landscape, and gothic narrative elixir, if not yet fully capturing his linguistic sublimity and lethal, graveyard humor. In this ambitious debut novel, the author explores desperate and broken souls living through a drought in southern Arizona--a land of sand [...]

I have read, for the second time, Old Border Road. What a great book! Susan Froderberg's novel is written with powerful and beautifully poetic language that takes one to a timeless place--dry and desolate-- filled with characters that are strange and compelling.

The writing was poetic, but the voice did not match the character and they were, at best, one dimensional and tedious. Such miserable souls, didn't really care what happens. This is one of those that I wished that I could not finish a book, it is just not in my nature.

When people talk about genre fiction, their list peters out somewhere after romance and sci-fi - long before they get down to westerns, those once-mighty bestsellers that now seem as quaint as leather fringe. (Quick: Who won this year's Spur Award?) You don't have to be all that old to remember an era when the sun rose every day on novels about cowboys and horses, but two decades after Louis L'Amour took his boots off, Bantam is publishing his books in "Legacy Editions," a sclerotic label if the [...]

another book I want to reread immediately. absolutely beautifully, sparsely written. a haunting novel of betrayal, hardship, and the will to survive.

A dry, hot and dusty tale of young love.Old Border Road is about a headstrong and very young bride newly wed into a prosperous desert family. People are archetypes. Her husband is called Son. Son's father, father also of Rose, is called Rose's Daddy and by no other name. All of the elders speak in poetic, sometimes biblical or even prophetic language. The author's voice twists and bends language poetically to make you think about the meaning behind the surface of the words. The locale is unspeci [...]

7/3/11:Although I am only two chapters into this book, I'm struggling with the writing style. The author has been sprinkling each page with words that I have to stop and look up because there are so many in such close proximity that I have no way to use context to suss out the meaning. This is such an unusual reading experience for me that I find myself impatient and frustrated with the book and the author.For the second time today I have set the book aside and gone off to find something else to [...]

Old Border Road by Susan Froderberg was a hard read for me. The story is about a young woman named Katherine who married young to a man named Son. Katherine moves with Son and begins to think she can have the happy family with her handsome new husband. Although Katherine soon finds out after her honeymoon that Son is a philander with little regard to how she feels. Son stays out almost every night drinking and cheating with a string of women. Katherine finds the only solace with his parents, whi [...]

Old Border Road has exceptional descriptions of characters, situations, and Arizona scenery. The characters are unique, and the storyline is appealing.The main character, Katherine, lives with her in-laws in southern Arizona and must work with them in their everyday routine of keeping up their ranch while her husband is habitually absent at night. Katherine has to work hard, deal with unhappiness, deal with loneliness, and with THE KNOWING. As time goes on, could her second thoughts as she walke [...]

OLD BORDER ROAD by Susan Froderberg is a contemporary romance set in Arizona. This is a story of girl meets boy. Yes, Girl is her name and boy's name is Son. It has teenage marriage, martial conflict,and life changes.Son is the son of a weathy rancher.Girl marries young only seventeen. Son is a gambler, a cheat, a drinker and cheats on his young bride. A drought hits Arizona causing families to have to struggle. After Son's father commits sucide, Girl decides to leave her cheating, drinking husb [...]

In Old Border Road young Katherine grows up poor and neglected in rural, drought ridden Arizona. When she falls in love with Son, the only child of a local rancher, marrying him seems the way out of her desolate life. Though his parents accept her as part of the family, it is soon clear that Son himself is beaten down by the drought and other circumstances and has no will or motivation to help her create a better life. As the drought worsens their marriage falls apart.This book was just too blea [...]

I was shocked to learn that this was Susan Froderberg's firt novel! A thoroughly enjoyable read. Not exactly a page-turner, but I kept going back for more. I felt so close to the main character, Katherine, that at times it felt like I was reading a story about myself. The story line is not the main force working in this novel, it is the setting. Katherine and her husband are living in what must be one of the most beautiful places, and one of the harshest places on earth. Katherine has not marrie [...]

Old Border Road By Susan FroderbergA teenager marries into a wealthy Yuma area ranching family. She learns how to live and work on the ranch, but her new husband turns out to be a scoundrel and she must come to some kind of understanding of who, exactly, she is. That is bare bones basic plot. But, oh my, what a novel. The harshness of the Arizona landscape, the relentless challenges of a prolonged drought, and the politics and money involved in water rights issues, all seem to be characters in t [...]

This "novel" with it's forced/strange style of writing reminds me of some of the papers that were submitted in creative writing class; papers written by wannabe writers that in their naivate thought their creations would stand out from the pack if they were alouf and difficult. These writers wanted so badly to be special that rather than write to their audience they wrote to try to impress other writers with how special and clever a writer they were. Sadly, books are for readers and readers want [...]

I did not like this book. The author seemed to be more in love with the words than the story. One good thing that I got out of the book was again looking at my banjo clock after reading her description of the house. My clock has not run for over a year, but when I adjusted the pendulum, it began running and hasn't stopped yet.

I did not enjoy this book. The characters were flat, overly stylized Western stereotypes. Motivations were hollow, if explained at all. The symbolism was too obvious and extremely predictable. I can forgive a lot of flaws in the execution of the book if it's a page-turner, but that didn't even have this going for it. Fail.

It's really too bad this isn't a better novel, because it is one of the most descriptive and beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever read, but the story just doesn't have the epic qualities the writing style does. I would be interested in giving this author another chance though.

The story and characters are as dry as Arizona itself. Now, maybe this is a silly thing to be irritated by, but what was the reasoning behind naming a character Son? Maybe in a first, rough draft, but all I can say is "Bill or George! Anything but Son!"

beautifully written. the characters are seen as thru a heat haze. the desert sun rings like a bell. wonderful!


Think there is a story here, but I am struggling with this author's writing style. I currently don't have time to spend on this, so I am abandoning the book, but keeping it on my "to read" list.

Garbled, Pretentious, Characters with no redeeming values.No stars by choice.

Poetic writing for classic tale of youth and hardship. However in the end there was no end

Great book - all about commitment.

Loved the way the words were put into sentences. So magical and yet telling us with no indecision just what Susan Froderberg intended. This isn’t a happy story, but one with human truths.

A temporal and thematic successor to The Border Trilogy--John Grady Cole constricted and restricted as a young woman.

This book got off to a good start & boasts some beautiful writing, but I lost interest in the story after awhile.

Very different. Basically about a girl who marries too young, and how her choices affect her life. Don't think I would recommend this one.

Good adult novel received at the Dollar Tree, better than expectations.

The writing tends to run-on a bit, but the heart of the novel is really worthwhile. Can't wait to see how it ends.

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