This is a book, which is told mostly from three different perspectives, the Mother's and her two children. It also plays up the family name, Day and it is used and referred to throughout the story. Around page 103, the Mother refers to HER parents by name, who's farm she took over with her then husband "Runner Day". She refers to them also having the last name "Day", what? Her maiden name is the same as her married name? She later refers to her father again as "Ed Day". I started thinking there would be some weird incest twist in the story ... but no. Much later in the book, her unmarried sister declares her last name to be "Krause". The same sister, that grew up on the same farm with the same parents? So obviously the author made a mistake... her parents would have been named "Krause" not "Day". I am just surprised to not see any mention of this anywhere and that no editor caught it. I found it really distracting, since I thought there must be something else to the story. I have looked on the Random House site but can not really find a good way to contact the editorial department... did anyone else notice this? Did I miss something somehow?
I am in the middle of reading this book and picked this mistake up right away. It just didn't make sense. I thought the same as you, that Runner was going to wind up being her cousin or brother. Even though I'm not done with the book, I thought I'd check on amazon to see if this turn up as a mistake. Shame on her editors for not picking up this glaring mistake.
Easily one of the worst books I've ever wasted time with. I was compelled to read it through primarily for the laugh-out-loud similes and tortured syntax, the distracting asides, the plot contrivances arrived at to justify earlier irrelevancies - just a case study in how to construct an unreadable novel. Not to mention the characters drawn from some macabre cartoon. Terrible.