One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best-seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority. When the McPheron brothers see Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they'd taken in, move from their ranch to begin college, an emptiness opens before them, and for many other townspeople it also promises to be a long, hard winter. A young boy living alone with his grandfather helps out a neighbor whose husband, off in Alaska, suddenly isn't coming home, leaving her to raise their two daughters. At school the children of a disabled couple suffer indignities that their parents know all too well in their own lives, with only a social worker to look after them and a violent relative to endanger them further. But in a small town a great many people encounter one another frequently, often surprisingly, and destinies soon become entwined (for good and for ill) as they confront events that sorely test the limits of their resilience and means, with no refuge available except what their own character and that of others afford them. Spring eventually does reach across the land, and how the people of Eventide get there makes for an engrossing, profoundly moving novel rich in the wisdom, humor, and humanity for which Kent Haruf is justly acclaimed.More
"In the hands of another writer these events might read like a hick town soap opera, but Mr. Haruf's understated prose, combined with his emotional wisdom and his easy affection for his characters turns these events into affecting drama." (The New York Times)
"Highly charged and compassionate..." (The New Yorker)
"Haruf's storytelling at its best..." (Entertainment Weekly)
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I have now read the Trilogy, consisting of Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction.
The titles practically illustrate the novels . Beautifully Sparse in their storytelling of a small American town and a handful of their inhabitants. People with few words and simple hard working lives, go about their daily toils and we are drawn deeper and deeper into them ourselves, so much so that you care desperately how things are going to turn out. I wanted the trilogy to go on and on!
Reading these books makes you feel hopeful about humanity.
He read it brilliantly. His pace matched the feel of the book.
Read or listen to them. A must.
- holly bird