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The Fence My Father Built

A book by Linda S. Clare.

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A Compelling Read

  • Aug 31, 2010

Told through the eyes of Muri Pond, the reader makes a journey of the heart and travels with her children to the inherited property from her father, Joe Pond who left when she was three.
I found some of the themes of this well-done book in a few thoughts from Muri on page 130, “All my life I’d wanted nothing more than to know my father, to understand the where and what and how about myself and my family. Now I was finding out things I wasn’t sure I wanted to know. The worst part was that my dad wasn’t even around to ask questions of or get mad at or collapse upon in tears when the going got tough. I couldn’t look him in the eye to see my own reflection, nor was he around anymore to ask advice about teenagers or legal matters. Joseph Pond was still a stranger to me. But I was no longer a stranger in Murkee.”
Linda Clare weaves a skillful story with colorful characters thrown into difficult life situations. The combination draws the reader to see what happens and keep turning the pages until the end. It was a good read and I recommend it.
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review by . October 22, 2009
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The Fence My Father Built by Linda S. Clare is a poignant novel about finding where you belong. Muri Pond is taking her two children, Nova and Tru, home to her father's home in the desert area of Oregon after the loss of her job and the end of her marriage. She grew up never knowing Joseph Pond, but after his death, she finds she has nowhere else to go, so going to his home makes sense. Until she finds out that his home is a trailer with a group of cobbled together additions and is occupied by her …
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In The Fence My Father Built, when legally separated Muri Pond, a librarian, hauls her kids, teenage Nova and eleven year-old Truman, out to the tiny town of Murkee, Oregon, where her father, Joe Pond lived and died, she’s confronted by a neighbor’s harassment over water rights and Joe’s legacy: a fence made from old oven doors.


The fence and accompanying house trailer horrify rebellious Nova, who runs away to the drug-infested streets of Seattle. Muri searches for her daughter and for something to believe in, all the while trying to save her inheritance from the conniving neighbor who calls her dad Chief Joseph. Along with Joe’s sister, Aunt Lutie, and the Red Rock Tabernacle Ladies, Muri must rediscover the faith her alcoholic dad never abandoned in order to reclaim her own spiritual path.

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ISBN-10: 1426700733
ISBN-13: 978-1426700736
Author: Linda S Clare
Publisher: Abingdon Press

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