Where You Once Belonged by Kent Haruf

Where You Once Belonged

byKent Haruf

Paperback | March 21, 2000

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In Where You Once Belonged, the bestselling and award-winning novelist of Eventide, Kent Haruf tells of a small-town hero who is dealt an enviable hand--and cheats with all of the cards.

Deftly plotted, defiantly honest, Where You Once Belonged sings the song of a wounded prairie community in a narrative with the earmarks of a modern American classic. In prose as lean and supple as a spring switch, Haruf describes a high school football star who wins the heart of the loveliest girl in the county and the admiration of men twice his age. Fun-loving, independent, Burdette engages in the occasional prank. But when he turns into a man, his high jinks turn into crimes--with unspeakable consequences. Now, eight years later, Burdette has returned to commit his greatest trespass of all. And the  people of Holt may not be able to stop him.

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Kent Haruf is the author of five previous novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers’ Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Bo...
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Title:Where You Once BelongedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8 × 5.22 × 0.44 inPublished:March 21, 2000Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375708707

ISBN - 13:9780375708701

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In the United States, football stars—even high school football stars—enjoy God-like status. This is how life is for Burdette, as he dates the prettiest girl in the school and gains the admiration of grown men. He commits a lot of pranks which people tolerate because of his football star status. When Burdette grows older, these pranks become crimes. In Where You Once Belonged, Burdette returns to his hometown after eight years in prison and ready to commit his greatest crime of all.

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"Taut and deadly. . . . A terse and beautifully wrought narration."  --Los Angeles Times

"A beautifully told parable--simple and stark and true." --Newsday

"Where You Once Belonged speaks with the authenticity of . . . Hemingway and Faulkner." --The Denver Post

"Haruf's brooding, pondering style translates into first-class writing." --Rocky Mountain News