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Holt, Colorado, is the kind of small town where everyone knows everyone's business before that business even happens. In a way, that's true of the book, too. There's not a lot of suspense here, plotwise; you can see each narrative twist and turn coming several miles down the pike. What Plainsong has instead is note-perfect dialogue, surrounded by prose that's straightforward yet rich in particulars: "a woman walking a white lapdog on a piece of ribbon," glimpsed from a car window; the boys' mother, her face "as pale as schoolhouse chalk"; the smells of hay and manure, the variations of prairie light. Even the novel's larger questions are sized to a domestic scale. Will Guthrie find love? Will Victoria run away with the father of her baby? Will the McPherons learn to hold a conversation? But in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and Plainsong manages to capture nothing less than an entire world--fencing pliers, calf-pullers, and all. Kent Haruf has a gorgeous ear, and a knack for rendering the simple complex. --Mary Park
Love the plain song dialects and characters.
We all of a certain age know them as if they lived in our own town.
This style of prose is often called spare, and compared to Hemingway. It's true you'll find no florid monologues, no frilly analogies, and little hemming and hawing in the thoughts... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sarah B
Starts slowly but builds into a beautiful, insightful look at everyday people and how they shine.Published 4 days ago by Victoria Butler
Loved the honesty of this book. I became lost in the characters and found myself unable to put the book down.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I saw the Hallmark movie version of this book earlier and loved it. I'm happy to say that the book is even better. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Joyce L. Izer
Every now and then, if you are lucky, you come across a gem. This is clearly one of those jewels that you can savor from multiple angles. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ethics Prof
I liked this book. It was believable, realistic, a slice of rural Colorado life.Published 9 days ago by Diane D. Rees