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Victoria, the young pregnant woman the brothers took in in Plainsong, has gone off to college at Fort Collins, leaving the brothers standing at the kitchen counter, "drinking coffee and talking about how Victoria Roubideaux was doing a hundred and twenty-five miles away from home ... while they themselves were living as usual in the country in Holt County ... with so much less to account for now that she was gone, and a wind rising up and starting to whine outside the house." Much as Seinfeld was called the TV show about nothing, Haruf's books are so low-key and straightforward that a careless reader might miss the fact that they are about everything that life has to offer: love, sorrow, malice, understanding, and the connections that make and keep us human, to name a few.
DJ is an 11-year-old living alone with his grandfather, when he befriends two young girls whose father left for Alaska and decided not to return. Their mother is mired in grief and the three children, abandoned by the adults in their lives, find refuge in an old shed they make habitable. "So for a while the two sisters and the boy lay on the floor under the blankets, reading books in the dim candlelight, with the sun falling down outside in the alley, the three of them talking a little softly, drinking coffee from a thermos, and what was happening in the houses theyd come from, seemed, for that short time, of little importance." One of Haruf's particular gifts is in showing us people who give and take solace wherever it may be found.
An unfortunate disabled couple, parents of two young children, are trying to make their way in a world they cannot fathom. They are assisted by Rose Tyler, their caseworker, who is a friend of Maggie Jones. aggie, who drew Tom Guthrie out of his depression in Plainsong, is once again a catalyst for change when she introduces Rose to Raymond. There is no doubt more to come, as life in Holt, Colorado, continues to evolve and Kent Haruf keeps us informed. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kent Haruf's writing is so comforting, I feel that I know the people, want all the best for them, and I can feel the heat and dryness of eastern CO. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Emailia Web
Haruf catches all the nuances of the Eastern plains of Colorado and its people. He is a national treasure.Published 2 days ago by Douglas Noffsinger
Eventide held my interest so much that I finished it in two days. The book surprised me with the quite persistence of townspeople to interact in support of each other. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Patricia Johnson
Once again the author shows the slimy underbelly of life softly and gently. His narrative provides a glimpse of the lives those we know exist but are often not part of our... Read morePublished 19 days ago by KibbieHoobler
Reading recess that draws the reader into this lovely town of Holt. Refreshing no doubt.Published 1 month ago by Susan Hart
The perfection is in the simple and accurate way Haruf describes the people of Holt. It is a gripping story of the intricacies of the lives of the people in Holt. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dtdenver
An excellent sequel to Plainsong. This is a true-to-life story about those who live in the high plains of northeast Colorado and the day-to-day issues which they confront.Published 1 month ago by Ronald G. Rosen
I was riveted by this story and the other books in the trilogy. I read for long stretches, lost in the lives of the characters but ultimately taken with the kindness and decency... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce Feustel