Old Border Road
By Susan Froderberg
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316098779, 304pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2010
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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 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.
Susan Froderberg was born in Washington State and spent seven years, starting in high school, in Arizona. She worked for several years as a critical care nurse in Seattle before moving East to study medical ethics and philosophy at Columbia University, where she received her PhD in philosophy. She currently lives with her husband in New York City. OLD BORDER ROAD is her first book.