Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 320 p.
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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.