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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I expected more. Well developed characters, but weak plot and dull ending.Published 2 days ago by J. T. Reed
Draws you into Holt and its townspeople like a really good soap opera. A good read. I continue to worry about all of the characters.Published 3 days ago by Brenda Toan
Read via recommendation from a friend this story takes place in small-town America. This small-town on the eastern plains of Colorado in a fictional town that could be one of any... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Randy T.
Nice book, but a bit predictable. Prefer the author's more recent books.Published 10 days ago by Mandy
A five star rating is something I reserve for very few books: The Catcher In the Rye, The Great Gatsby and Stoner come to mind. Plainsong belongs in the same class. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Eliot Marx
Lovely language and story. It brings to mind Thornton Wilder's "Our Town."Published 13 days ago by Carol Herrnstadt Shulman
Excellent story. It took me a few chapters picture the landscape and acquire an ear for the local dialect, but after overcoming those obstacles it read fast. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gregory J. Hesse