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.
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the story and how Muri deals with different issues. Muri has gone to Murkee after the death of her father who she didn't really know. She hasn't seen him since she was about 5 and is wanting to find out about him. As they arrive they see a fence of oven doors and wonder what its about. Muri also gets to know her aunt and uncle and some of the neighbours and finds herself in a fight over water rights. Also shes having issues with her daughter. I did enjoy the story and seeing what would happen. A good read.
Thanks to Abingdon Press for sending a review copy of this book.