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ISBN13: 9780375406188
ISBN10: 0375406182
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A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.

In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl — her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house — is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they've ever known.

From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together — their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant. As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations, Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition.

Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life, Plainsong is a novel to care about, believe in, and learn from.

About the Author

Kent Haruf's The Tie That Binds received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. Also the author of Where You Once Belonged, he lives with his wife, Cathy, in Murphysboro, Illinois, and teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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judybrackett, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by judybrackett)
Plainsong has stayed with me over the years—plain yet lyrical writing, perfectly suited to the world Haruf created in Plainsong: fine sense of place; captivating, complicated characters; engaging story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375406188
Author:
Haruf, Kent
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Colorado
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
New York TimLibr JournalBooklistKirkus
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.55x6.59x1.21 in. 1.40 lbs.

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