Fiction Karla Kuban MARCHLANDS: A Novel

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MARCHLANDS: A Novel

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Fifteen-year-old Sophie Behr, pregnant by a Mexican ranch hand, flees her sheep-ranch home and her fanatically religious mother and finds her long-lost father, but long-buried family secrets force her to flee again for refuge and reconciliation with her grandmother. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Karla Kuban was a student at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Program in 1994, a James A. Michener Fellow from 1994 to 1996, and winner of a Pushcart Prize in 1997. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The setting is a 1,000-acre sheep ranch in the vast landscape of Wyoming; the story concerns one pivotal year in the life of 15-year-old Sophie Behr, a young woman searching for the truth about her family's past, even as she seeks to define her own future with the child she is carrying. Unable to tolerate the unpredictable behavior of her fanatically religious, alcoholic mother--who obsessively watches the nightly news broadcasts hoping to see her son, who is fighting in Viet Nam--Sophie flees the ranch in search of the father who abandoned her when she was four. She seeks to identify that part of herself that came from him, looking for the truth of why he left, hoping for connection. Kuban's heralded debut is perfectly rendered in the context of a particular time and place, yet is classically timeless, capturing that fleeting moment when the transition is made from childhood into adulthood. Sophie's matter-of-fact narration, endearing from the first page on, is masterful in its revelation of the layers of complexity inherent in self-knowledge. Grace Fill

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