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by Christina Adam

eBook Love and Country: A Novel download ISBN: 0316735000
Author: Christina Adam
Publisher: Little, Brown; 1 edition (September 22, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 272
ePub: 1227 kb
Fb2: 1452 kb
Rating: 4.8
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States

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LOVE AND COUNTRY by Christina Adam Christina Adam's coming of age story, LOVE AND COUNTRY takes place in a small town in Idaho, shortly after the Vietnam War. Kenny Swanson and his mother have just moved to town, and as any teenager would, he feels out of place

LOVE AND COUNTRY by Christina Adam Christina Adam's coming of age story, LOVE AND COUNTRY takes place in a small town in Idaho, shortly after the Vietnam War. Kenny Swanson and his mother have just moved to town, and as any teenager would, he feels out of place. His one great love is the rodeo, and as this is a rodeo town he wants to ride. He promises his mother, however, that he'll wait. Without any insurance, his mother is being extra careful with what her son does for fun.

We're in Love Country now. By Thriftbooks. com User, October 23, 2004. This is an exploration of heart country. This is the first book that I have read by Christina Adam and I thought she had a great second book. In her idiosyncratic, unique style, Christina Adam bounces from choice to choice in her characters' lives, often interrupting a crisis point or epiphany in single mom Lenna's life to focus on Cynthia Dustin, then coming back to Kenny. This style may not suit some readers. I did read about Ms Adam after I had completed the book and see that she has passed away.

The author of "Any Small Thing Can Save You," a collection of stories, now pens a moving and lyrically written debut novel of love and rodeo in the American West. Welcome to Literature Tube Archieve The free online library containing 450000+ books. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Love and Country, a novel by the late writer Cynthia Adam, captures a longing as wide as the open spaces these characters inhabit. And the path toward it is obscured by the darkness and entropy that surrounds their lives. In the meantime, there is death and violence, inhumanity and decay, and, of course, more chores to be done.

A quietly haunting first novel set in a small ranching town, by the author of Any . Roddy leaves town and his messy love life to rejoin the rodeo circuit

A quietly haunting first novel set in a small ranching town, by the author of Any Small Thing Can Save You (stories: 2001). Roddy leaves town and his messy love life to rejoin the rodeo circuit. Kenny and Cynthia become friends and go to the vacant ranch Roddy’s wealthy parents own so Cynthia can play the baby grand. There, they fall asleep and are discovered; Earl assumes the worst even though nothing untoward has happened.

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Moving to a small ranching town in Idaho with his mother, Lenna, fourteen-year-old Kenny Swanson dreams of joining the rodeo, finds first love with a girl who yearns to escape her life, meets a charismatic rodeo star who becomes his hero, confronts death on a hunting trip, and learns the meaning of forgiveness, in an evocative debut novel of growing up. 20,000 first printing.
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Fararala
LOVE AND COUNTRY by Christina Adam
Christina Adam's coming of age story, LOVE AND COUNTRY takes place in a small town in Idaho, shortly after the Vietnam War. Kenny Swanson and his mother have just moved to town, and as any teenager would, he feels out of place. His one great love is the rodeo, and as this is a rodeo town he wants to ride. He promises his mother, however, that he'll wait. Without any insurance, his mother is being extra careful with what her son does for fun. Promises are made to be broken, as Kenny finds his way to the rodeo grounds and slowly finds his way into the life he's always loved.
In the mean time, Cynthia Dustin is another teen going through a lot of emotional turmoil. The relationship she has with her father is far from perfect. In fact, it's almost non-existent. What little communication there is between them seems to be filled with animosity and hate. It is difficult to ascertain why this anger exists, and Cynthia deals with her father's feelings as best as she can.
Relationships become complicated as Lenna, Kenny's mother, starts dating rodeo star Roddy Moyers. Kenny is very uncomfortable with this relationship, as it shows that his mother has moved on apart from his father, but it also forces Kenny to see his mother in a different light. More complications are inevitable with the fact that Cynthia has been one of Roddy's many conquests, and it does not sit well with her that Roddy is dating Lenna.
As Kenny and Cynthia become better acquainted, she becomes a bad influence on him, as he starts getting into trouble with her father and also with the law. A confrontation with Cynthia's father leads to a confession from a family friend that helps Cynthia understand why her father has hated her all her life.
Other themes that are dealt with in this book are acceptance and forgiveness, as Kenny deals with an absent father who never is able to come through on any of his promises. LOVE AND COUNTRY is not an easy book to read, yet at the same time, is written with a simplistic prose that shows the beauty of this land that Kenny grows to love. While I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped, I still feel it deserves 4 stars.
Blackseeker
Following a nasty divorce from her Air Force pilot husband, Lenna Swanson accompanied by her fourteen year old son Kenny moves to Idaho. Kenny's only interest lies in the rodeo. However, he acquiesces to his mom's plea to not participate until she completes her probation period at her new job so they can have health insurance to cover any injuries. Kenny's loneliness intensifies when his father dies in a plane crash.
Lenna begins seeing rodeo star Roddy Moyers. Because he reveres Roddy, Kenny is all for his mother dating his idol. Roddy also spends time with musically talented high school senior Cynthia Dustin, over a decade younger than him. Kenny becomes agitated when he finds a treasure trove of his deceased father's stuff, but Cynthia's friendship helps him cope. Roddy leaves town for the rodeo circuit while Kenny and Cynthia innocently fall asleep together only to have her abusive father discover them lying down together. Now the troubles begin.
This low key small town tale is a deep look at individuals struggling with loneliness and a disbelief in love, but finds some solace with one another. Roddy finds love in fan adulation. Cynthia doubts it exists. Lenna believes that only her son truly cares for her. Finally, though he accepts his mom's love for him, even the adolescent Kenny ponders whether his father loved him and if so why did he remarry? Though the action is minor, fans of modern day contemporary tales will enjoy LOVE AND COUNTRY as Christina Adam provides a strong character study.
Harriet Klausner
Gandree
This is the first book that I have read by Christina Adam and I thought she had a great second book. I did read about Ms Adam after I had completed the book and see that she has passed away. I think that is a real loss, because I would have loved to have read more by her.
This is a story about a bunch of different people from teens to adults and how they all were working on issues from the past and present.
First we have Kenny which I believe was supposed to be the main focus. He arrives in an small town in Idaho with his mom who has recently divorced her husband an Air force Pilot. Kenny and mom have some adjustments to make in this small town. One of them being he cannot ride in or practice for the rodeo, because they don't have medical insurance. Then we have Lenna, Kenny's mom, and she is trying to make ends meet and also make sure Kenny is well taken care of. We also have a young girl called Cynthia and she is a very gifted pianist and has issues with her dad Earl and these problems seem to encompass a history of from when Cynthia was 5 years old.
There is also a young/old cowboy by the name of Roddy. He has ridden in many rodeo's and is getting old in the sport even though old is probably only 30. There is this love story in the works for these 4 different people and they all seem to entwine. It is an interesting twist in the story and you don't really know what happens in the end and that is why I didn't give it 5 stars, because I like things to be neatly tied up and I didn't have that sense with this book.
The book did have me in tears in spots, and that is why I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I would like to see a sequel to find out how Kenny and Cynthia grow up.