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Set in Colorado in the 1980s, "Plainsong" tells the story of various Holt residents. There's teenager Victoria Roubideaux, pregnant and homeless, ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000


by Vaughny on Oct 23, 2011

One of my favorites. I go back to it again and again for inspiration. I will read every novel he writes until he's done writing.

michael s

Great characters

by michael s on Jul 8, 2010

Several stories entertwined around a search for love, support and caring. The characters, the older brothers, the young girl, the caring friend, all combine for memorable scenes filled with both the good and the bad of the human condition. The writing pace was leisurely but not boring. You fell in love, in like or in dislike with each character. The scene where a crib is selected for the yet unborn was touching. This is a great read for someone looking to get into characters and to experience emotions flowing from the written page.



by sooz on Aug 14, 2008

asked my brother, the bookseller, for his recommendation a couple of summers back, and this was it. i took it home and savored every morsel of scene, personality, and interaction. just a lovely, satisfying read put together in an intriguing and comforting way. had to go back the next day for "eventide", the continuation of the pleasure.


A Hymn to Humanity

by kriskringle on May 17, 2007

Kent Haruf, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a writers workshop, has written an elegant novel depicting the complexities of life in a small plains town.Perhaps he could have chosen mid town Manhattan but a small town has its graces and everyone knows each others stories. The descriptions of characters and Kent's writing style,plain and articulate, draw the reader into each chapter and every dramatic scene. I dont want to ruin the the plot or dealve into individual characters but I couldnt put the book down. A wonderful read especially for your Summer reading lists. I cant wait to read his next novel!

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