The Ordinary Truth

The Ordinary Truth

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by Jana Richman
     
 

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When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband after a hunting accident in 1975, she buried a piece of herself, her relationship with her daughter, and more than one secret along with him. Now, thirty-six years later, her granddaughter, Cassie, intends to unearth those secrets and repair those relationships, but she’s unprepared for what she finds.

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When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband after a hunting accident in 1975, she buried a piece of herself, her relationship with her daughter, and more than one secret along with him. Now, thirty-six years later, her granddaughter, Cassie, intends to unearth those secrets and repair those relationships, but she’s unprepared for what she finds.

Set in the sparse and beautiful landscape of Nevada’s Spring Valley and Schell Creek Mountains, yet steeped in the realities of the colliding urban and rural worlds of the West, award-winning author Jana Richman brings us an emotional journey of love, loss, and family in her third book, The Ordinary Truth.

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When Katie Jorgensen was a young girl, her father, whom she idolized, died in 1975 in a tragic hunting accident that shaped the lives of not just Katie but also her mother, Nell, and her grandmother, turning their relationships distant; when Katie, as a teenager, has a daughter of her own, Cassie, she abdicates most of her parenting responsibilities to her mother. But when Cassie reaches college age, fed up with her dysfunctional family, she goes to work in a brothel, hoping to compel her mother and grandmother into coming after her; her plan is to sit "on a bar stool in a Carson City brothel until Mama and Grandma Nell start speaking to each other." But the plan doesn't work. Meanwhile Katie, now in her mid-30s and working as a commissioner with the Nevada Water Authority, is involved in a proposal to divert water to Las Vegas that would destroy land the Jorgensens have owned for years. When a long-simmering confrontation within the family finally erupts, the secrets dredged up will either destroy them all or allow them to make peace. Richman (The Last Cowgirl) wants to evoke the socioeconomic and political issues of a modern-day Chinatown, and the proposed Las Vegas pipeline plot (based in truth) is profound and serious, but a one-note western stoicism, too familiar colloquialisms, and a weak family trauma plot all work against her. (Nov.)

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ISBN-13:
9781937226060
Publisher:
Torrey House Press
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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