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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 the Hardcover edition.
Kent Haruf's "Plainsong" novel is about an unmarried pregnant teenager, Victoria Roubideaux, in Holt, Colorado. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sylviastel
Kent Haruf's Plainsong met and exceeded my expectations. As many reviews have mentioned, characters are action-driven and do the right thing to help within this Colorado community. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Patricia Johnson
It's an irony of this kind of realism to have characters whose lives we want to understand, whose thoughts we want to share, to be somewhat "mute. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alec Hastings
Haruf has delivered a highly enjoyable book about true life on the plains. As a native Coloradan I never felt like the book was fiction. Read morePublished 28 days ago by dtdenver
Good book. Nostalgic and something identifiable for most everyone that grew up/around a small, rural area.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer