Fractures



A Thousand Acres And Empire Falls Meet During The Present Hydrofracking Controversy As A Beleaguered Patriarch Must Decide The Fate Of His Land And Children In This Enveloping Family DramaThe Joyner Family Sits Atop Prime Marcellus Shale When Landmen For The Natural Gas Companies Begin To Lease Property All Around The Family S Hundred Acres, The Joyners Start To Take Notice Undecided On Whether Or Not To Lease The Family Land, Frank Joyner Must Weigh His Heirs Competing Motivations All Of This Culminates As A Looming History Of Family Tragedy ResurfacesA Sprawling Family Novel, Fractures Follows Each Joyner As The Controversial Hydrofracking Issue Slowly Exacerbates Underlying Passions And Demons With Echoes Of Jonathan Franzen S Freedom, Fractures Takes Its Reader Deep Into The Beating Heart And Hearth Of A Family DividedLamar Herrin S Fractures Is A Brilliantly Conceived And Executed Novel That Illustrates How Coping With Familial Dysfunctions Can Help Us Understand And Deal With The Deadly Dysfunctions Of Society Here S One Of My Favorite Writers At His Finest Ron Hansen, Author Of The Assassination Of Jesse JamesFractures

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[Epub] Fractures By Lamar Herrin – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Fractures
  • Lamar Herrin
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 1250032768

10 thoughts on “Fractures

  1. says:

    Fractures is like a great big chunk of environmentalism propaganda, but aside from that, the writing itself was bland, the characters didn t seem real, and the story was very predictable Fractures is like a great big chunk of environmentalism propaganda, but aside from that, the writing itself was bland, the characters didn t seem real, and the story was very predictable

  2. says:

    What the frackI m always pleased to welcome novels with an environmental conscience, and this one will be memorable for me if only because it was my first book read on my new Nook In essence, it takes the concerns of Jonathan Franzen s last two novels The Corrections and Freedom and puts them together giving the story of a dysfunctional family facing environmental and ethical crises.Architect Frank Joyner has been holding out against the fracking companies encroaching on his town, but What the frackI m always pleased to welcome novels with an environmental conscience, and this one will be memorable for me if only because it was my first book read on my new Nook In essence, it takes the concerns of Jonathan Franzen s last two novels The Corrections and Freedom and puts them together giving the story of a dysfunctional family facing environmental and ethical crises.Architect Frank Joyner has been holding out against the fracking companies encroaching on his town, but when his son warns him that he may face compulsory integration before too long, he starts cultivating a relationship with a Texarkana derrick man who s come to negotiate with local landowners T he confrontation between a Normal Rockwell vision of the country and a heedless rush to energy exploitation was too good to pass up Indeed, an issue like fracking makes for good headlines, and decent narrative drama Herrin is not always as subtle as one might hope one woman says of fracking It sounds like animals in pain , but he uses the metaphors of rock and foundations to good effect his father had always seemed like bedrock America to him He thought of a man moving to shore up the world, to hold off collapse The imagery might be a little obvious, but I enjoyed the almost biblical weight Herrin lends to what s happening here the strangely futile clamor of some elemental transgression While not as successful as Freedom or Richard Russo s Empire Falls, to which Fractures has also been compared, it s a solid no pun intended modern American story

  3. says:

    Lamar Herrin s new novel, Fractures, revolves around a technique for extracting natural gas from rock, which sounds about as interesting as extracting natural gas from rock, but it s surprisingly moving Here s an environmental novel that does just what you want it to do Frame an important contemporary debate in profoundly human terms.Hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking involves drilling deep into the earth and then injecting liquid and sand under tremendous pressure to crea Lamar Herrin s new novel, Fractures, revolves around a technique for extracting natural gas from rock, which sounds about as interesting as extracting natural gas from rock, but it s surprisingly moving Here s an environmental novel that does just what you want it to do Frame an important contemporary debate in profoundly human terms.Hydraulic fracturing commonly known as fracking involves drilling deep into the earth and then injecting liquid and sand under tremendous pressure to create small fissures that allow gas and oil to flow up the well Something like that pressure is now being brought to bear on our politicians Energy companies claim that fracking is an economical way to answer our thirst for cheap fuel environmentalists argue that it ll poison us for generations.A novel is no place to adjudicate that scientific debate, but Herrin gives us family members forced to make the choice for themselves, and their struggle to reconcile economic demands with personal ideals transcends the shrill tone of so many environmental arguments The story opens in central New York in a rural town where most of the farmers have already leased their land to a gas company Frank Joyner, a 60 year old architect, is a prominent hold out and public critic of the derricks that have arisen all over the county Although his neighbors may be irked, his 11 year old grandson, filled with the righteousness of youth, considers him a hero for resisting the lucrative deal.As is so often the case, it s money that complicates this family situation Frank inherited his 100 acre farm under a will that requires him to share the profits of the land with his siblings and children and suddenly those profits could be very large, indeed Frank s lawyer warns him, If you willfully neglect the value of the land by not signing a lease, you are willfully reducing its benefits, giving a distant relative grounds to sue.Herrin quickly pushes us through a lot of industrial information and introduces a number of family members, but that allows us to fully enjoy the story s central event a large Thanksgiving gathering during which relatives discuss the pros and cons of drilling on Frank s farm The scene is a fantastic orchestration of competing interests with all the subtly disguised hurts, jealousies and affections heaped on the table like so many dishes of turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet potato Herrin is unusually good at adopting various points of view and allowing us to feel these loved ones as they try to influence Frank, while noting, politely, that the decision is his alone, of course It s going to happen whether we like it or not, his sister tells him, so we might as well share in the benefits Wisconsin has its cheese, Maine its lobsters, and we have our gas We re all pitching in His ex wife, meanwhile, claims she doesn t want the money All she wanted was for her husband ex husband not to embarrass them all And his younger son, Mickey, tells Frank to resist the gas money and commit the symbolic act How we should act is the real heart of this brooding novel, which moves beyond its timely environmental debate to considerexistential questions with great discernment That s particularly true of Mickey, a popular high school teacher who skates along with poses and ironical quips, burdened by too much feeling, too much intelligence and not enough discipline Fractures doesn t overwork the metaphor implicit in its title, but clearly these characters are drilling deep into their lives, trying to find some bedrock they can depend on Frank s grandfather and great grandfather committed suicide, and he made a halfhearted attempt in his 20s that still haunts him Indeed, the novel opens with the most weirdly gorgeous act of self harm I ve ever read A lifetime of restoring old buildings and making worn out spaces useful again has given Frank a sense of the value of surviving But can his children engineer that kind of purpose If Fractures has a flaw, it s a tendency toward grandiosity that sometimes spoils the emotional authenticity of Herrin s narration The touches of antique diction He had plighted his troth often carry a note of irony that makes them work But other sections are pumped full of meaning under high pressure In the face of a devastating tragedy, for instance, one of the Joyners thinks, All advances in civilizationhad messy beginnings, some of them barbaric Lewis and Clark themselves had left a trail of blood and butchered carcasses behind them Of course, they d had manifest destiny on their side, while the gas drillers had energy independence and a network of pipelines in handsomely cleared corridors across the land At every turn a wise man took a long view That sounds a lotlike an Author trying to erect a Big Point than a real person mourning the death of a loved one.But Fractures is uncommonly thoughtful about many issues, starting, of course, with the externalities of our energy needs and the costs of American ambition At 73, Herrin also brings tender wisdom to his observations about the responsibilities of parenting, the duties of real manhood and the possibilities of romance The novel offers a rare blend of candor and eroticism that doesn t make you wince with embarrassment for the author And Herrin is astute about the nature of love for older people, too Frank s relationship with a widow in town is one of the story s many lovely moments She felt for him deeply, Herrin writes, as she knew he felt for her, but there was a limit to what they could do for each other She might have been stationed on one side of a gorge, he on the other They could make reassuring signals to each other On good days they could even read the expressions on each other s face Some days shouting didn t make it across, but on others, days of a blessed calm, a whisper did Plenty of readers will enjoy Herrin s book for its lustrous writing and poignant insight into the challenge of building a life worth living But if you also want a novel that addresses a pressing political and environmental issue, Fractures is worth exploring.http www.washingtonpost.com enterta

  4. says:

    This book is simply awesome Such a depth of insight about this fractured, but still connected, family and reality of fracking as it is experienced by the people and land impacted It seems a very fair treatment, showing the very tough decisions, and the people who do the work, and why.Multiple points of view frame the events You may not like all the characters, but you will see why they think the way they do, and how they act to hold their worlds together.I m still thinking about it.

  5. says:

    I thought this was a great book, both in teaching me about an industry I know nothing about and framing the information within the lives of the Joyner family Worth the effort.

  6. says:

    Sometimes I found Herrin s prose a little difficult to follow But, I thought his exploration of the dynamics of fracking interesting, engaging, and thought provoking It s a clear reminder that nothing is ever simple Frank Joyner, who doesn t want to allow gas drilling on his family property is beset from all sides those who think he should maximize the profit for his family and support energy self sufficiency for his country, making him a patriot and those who think it is an abuse of the l Sometimes I found Herrin s prose a little difficult to follow But, I thought his exploration of the dynamics of fracking interesting, engaging, and thought provoking It s a clear reminder that nothing is ever simple Frank Joyner, who doesn t want to allow gas drilling on his family property is beset from all sides those who think he should maximize the profit for his family and support energy self sufficiency for his country, making him a patriot and those who think it is an abuse of the land and are concerned with the effects caused by it The title Fractures doesn t just refer to hydrofracking but also the fractures within families The fractures in the Joyner family are played out against the backdrop of the fracking debate Definitely worth a read

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    Fractures by Lamar Herrin which I won from Goodreads Giveaways centres around the Joyner family whose land sits atop the Marcellus Shale like gold to avaricious gas drillers who compete for drilling rights in the area The story is not political in nature although it does expose some issues about the hydrofracking controversy, rather it revolves around Frank Joyner s decision whether or not to lease the land and the motivations of family members who try to sway his choice Burdened already wi Fractures by Lamar Herrin which I won from Goodreads Giveaways centres around the Joyner family whose land sits atop the Marcellus Shale like gold to avaricious gas drillers who compete for drilling rights in the area The story is not political in nature although it does expose some issues about the hydrofracking controversy, rather it revolves around Frank Joyner s decision whether or not to lease the land and the motivations of family members who try to sway his choice Burdened already with a dark family legacy, the story looks at how a dysfunctional family handles the tension of competing opinions and emotions, and how tragedy could end the quarrel.The language of the characters is simple and straightforward as a plot unfolds that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster, their problems eroding the bond of family as they argue about trading the beauty and peace of the farm for money It s fascinating to watch as money and pragmatism outweigh any destructive implications of gas drilling in the family s assessment.All of the characters suffer from personality flaws with the exception of young Danny who seems to have a level of maturity beyond that of his mother and Uncle Mickey He wisely learns to counterbalance his negativity about gas drilling through his grandfather s shrewd insights and Kenny s experience There is a marked contrast between the characters, both the women and the men and how they deal with the troubling events in their lives Frank, the patriarch of the family is influenced by a generous, considerate nature succumbing to the stronger will of his sisters He s troubled by his ineffectiveness in handling his family and that dark vulnerability that he identifies with the scar on his wrist Family oriented Gerald the oldest of Frank s two sons has a stronger disposition but he s distanced himself from the instability of his family while Mickey, the youngest is troubled, indecisive and tends to flee from responsibility, personally and professionally Even Jennifer and Helen compare one with low self esteem identified by her innate sexuality who s adverse to commitment, and the other level headed, loving and wise.The story is well written and is a gritty, no nonsense look at a dysfunctional family struggling with a decision that will further impact their lives set amid a volatile social controversy The ending although not surprising is tragic and although there is a sense of futility there is hope that the human spirit in this family will eventually triumph I enjoyed the novel

  8. says:

    Fractures started out with so much potential but never came into fruition We begin with the main character Frank talking about suicide running in his family and how he had struggled with it Next we are given a tragedy of a little boy being hit by a large auto machine, while the boy lives the company of said vehicle tries to push the incident under the rug Hm, that s interesting and dusting is probablycommon than thought Anyway, I felt these subjects were so subtlety recognized that I f Fractures started out with so much potential but never came into fruition We begin with the main character Frank talking about suicide running in his family and how he had struggled with it Next we are given a tragedy of a little boy being hit by a large auto machine, while the boy lives the company of said vehicle tries to push the incident under the rug Hm, that s interesting and dusting is probablycommon than thought Anyway, I felt these subjects were so subtlety recognized that I forgot they had been stated Understanding that the novel was entitled Fractures and is about fraking, but at times I felt it was rammed down my throat I get it, fraking is bad It almost felt like propaganda and was reading a leaflet rather than a novel.When we move towards the close of the book Timmy reemerges but it came so out of the blue that it took me a moment to realize it was the little boy who was hit on his bike and turned the page without much reflection As I was reminded of Timmy, The suicidal trait in the Joyner line does come back into play and I thought perked up the plot a weird thing to say about suicide I know but by that point I was almost finished and just wanted to put the whole thing to rest The Joyner family did not bring me joy They were actually a wreak and like the title of this novel fractured Yes we all have our faults and I will not judge them for it, but I felt they lacked personality and didn t engagement me, nor did the plot for similar reasons.Overall, Lamar Herrin had an interesting summary but unfortunately that s about it Fractures had the potential to go somewhere but sadly missed the mark.I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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    Not every novel you read is great Some novels are good and some are okay This novel was a great read Characters so well drawn that their actions and storyline are believable Not once did I shake my head and think that made no sense which unfortunately does happen sometimes but not this time.The leasing of family property to a large natural gas company for hydrofracking the process they use to drill for natural gas is a part of this story but it s really the story of a family The decisio Not every novel you read is great Some novels are good and some are okay This novel was a great read Characters so well drawn that their actions and storyline are believable Not once did I shake my head and think that made no sense which unfortunately does happen sometimes but not this time.The leasing of family property to a large natural gas company for hydrofracking the process they use to drill for natural gas is a part of this story but it s really the story of a family The decision is up to the head of the family, Frank Joyner, who has been left the land by his parents with a proviso from his mother to share the benefits with the family He wonders if leasing is the right thing to do at a time when there is a grassroots movement to stop the drilling because of the chemicals used in the process or is it better for the family to lease and share out the money with all of them.His family has a dark history and his own children over the years have drifted in and out of his life He and his wife divorced long ago His daughter finally returned and settled with her son, who now lives with Frank, while she lives in town His eldest son lives with his wife and two girls in California and his youngest son moves from job to job and state to state The decision is his to make but can he make the right decision that won t drive his family further away then they already are.I really enjoyed reading this very well written novel.This book was won in a FirstReads giveaway

  10. says:

    Lamar Herrin has written a wonderful story of family with Frank Joyner as the father He is an architect who loves to turn dilapidated buildings into useable structures like his old high school into apartments and shops He is looking at a problem that may tear his family apart His farm lies atop the Marcellus Shale that holds huge quantities of natural gas Neighbors have already been contracted about selling their rights and Frank realizes he must make a decision He has three children The e Lamar Herrin has written a wonderful story of family with Frank Joyner as the father He is an architect who loves to turn dilapidated buildings into useable structures like his old high school into apartments and shops He is looking at a problem that may tear his family apart His farm lies atop the Marcellus Shale that holds huge quantities of natural gas Neighbors have already been contracted about selling their rights and Frank realizes he must make a decision He has three children The eldest Gerald, highly successful and living in California his daughter Jen whose son is living with Frank and Mickey, the wayward high school teacher Gerald maintains impartial while Jen and Mickey think he should refuse to sell out Kenny who works for the Transatlantic Drilling Company befriends Frank and promises the company will adhere to Frank s instructions about the land while Wilson Michaels is a New York attorney divorced from Jen who wants in on the deal.At Thanksgiving the family return to the farm to celebrate the season and discuss the offer to drill on the farm Mickey is the most adamant against it and cites facts about the hydrofracking process that employs harmful chemicals and has ruined people s wells Lamar is divorced from the children s mother and seeing Helen who puts no pressure on him, but lets make the decision on his own Larmar loves his farm and walks over it every morning What choice will he make to make the family happy

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