Back Roads Reviews

Back Roads, cover“An intense story of family, frailty and dysfunction, set in the coal-mining towns of western Pennsylvania…captivatingly told.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Tense…involving…deftly captures the voice of a teenage boy who’s in trouble.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“In Harley, O’Dell has created a hero who’s heartbreakingly believable; like Holden Caulfield, he uses caustic humor to hide his pain. Readers will care very much about him and his future, if indeed he has one.”
—St. Petersburg Times

“Do not miss this one.”

“Poignant…achingly beautiful prose…remarkable.”
—San Diego Union

“A page-turner…gritty, funny, sexy.”
—Chicago Sun-Times

“It all rings true.”
—Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“O’Dell does a wonderful job of making the world of the Altmyers real…a unique voice…a fine effort by a writer of promise.”

“A strong, thoughtful, first novel.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“O’Dell’s storytelling has natural flair.”
—The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Scorching…O’Dell’s characters fight free of stereotypes, taking on an angry, authentic glow.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A wonderful book about family relationships…It’s nearly impossible to put down. With deft prose, authenticity of character, and sheer tenderness, O’Dell…is the absolute master of her craft.”
—The Denver Post