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by Richard Ford

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In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did after the war. His father, Bev, was a talkative airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Their mother Neeva - shy, artistic - was alienated from their father's small-town world. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people. In the days following the arrest, Dell is saved before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across Montana, his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But, as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of a border.… (more)
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The book is ill named. This book just did not flow.

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  wincheryl | Jun 20, 2022 |
This is a tale of a boy abandoned by bankrobber parents and a twin sister. He is abandoned to an unimaginable stay in Canada with an odd group of goose hunters. Ford's writing is excellent. The natural manner of narration by the protagonist reads like a memoir and rings so true that the reader can forget it is fiction. A traumatic coming of age story which evoked strong feelings of angst, compassion, and uncertainty. Somehow, not clearly explained, the boy goes on to a decent life. An excellent read. ( )
1 vote hemlokgang | Dec 16, 2021 |
In 1960, 15-year old Dell and his twin sister, Berner, are effectively “orphaned” when their parents are arrested for robbing a bank in North Dakota. Berner runs away and a family friend takes Dell over the Canadian border to a small town in Saskatchewan to live with and work for her brother.

The first paragraph sets things up, telling the reader of the bank robbery and also about murders, still to come. So, it starts with a “bang”, but after that, the book moves pretty slowly. That being said, I grew up in Southern Saskatchewan and thought the descriptions were very well done. It’s also always fun to recognize places, and there were a few really small towns mentioned nearby to where I lived. Overall, I’m considering this one “ok”. ( )
1 vote LibraryCin | Dec 13, 2021 |
This is the story of Dell Parsons and his 15 year old twin sister Berner growing up in Montana. Their Parents Rob a bank mostly their Father Bev's idea. But their Mother Neeva went along with it.
Both are caught Berner runs away to California. Dell is taken to Canada by his Mother's friend to live with her Brother Arthur. He helps out at the Hotel and assists in Geese hunts. One day he also helps Bury to Americans that Arthur shoots.
Then Dell is sent away to a school in Winipeg.
The book then jumps 50 years Berner is dying and Dell meets her for the first time since they were teenagers.
OK book original story bit longwinded in places. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Oct 19, 2021 |
A short story pushed out to book length. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
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In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did after the war. His father, Bev, was a talkative airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Their mother Neeva - shy, artistic - was alienated from their father's small-town world. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people. In the days following the arrest, Dell is saved before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across Montana, his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But, as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of a border.

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When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of a happy, knowable life is forever shattered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life across a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parent's arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to better life. There, afloat on a prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Authur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American, whose suave reserve makes a dark and violent nature. Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew and loved. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness. (ARC)
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