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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.
Haruf is an amazing author. Stories have simple plots, but he keeps me reading non-stop. He writes so well one feels as if she is part of the story and right there in the milieu. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Holly Von Helms
Beautifully written in a simple style which takes the reader into the heart of Holt, Colorado. Thank you Kent Haruf !!Published 7 days ago by Mary E. Lydic
I re-ordered this book, read it several years ago, loved it, as I did Plainsong before it. This one is a sequel of sorts. Haruf is a great writer and storyteller. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Roxanne Livingston
I read Eventide right after finishing Plainsong (which was excellent). Eventide was a good read, but Plainsong is a pretty impossible act to follow. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Eliot Marx
All three of the books in this series are outstanding reads. I couldn't stop reading them.Published 29 days ago by DIANE BRODERICK
Kent Haruf...my new, favorite author! What a way of sharing stories , with heart-reaching plain-speaking...Published 29 days ago by kimmermc