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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.
Other reviewers have provided the story line, so I am adding my personal perspective.
Some of the descriptions are a bit raw and a bit too descriptively on target for... Read more
Couldn't get into a rhythm with it. I though the writing was choppy and the characterization weak. Authors who develop characters well help get you into the story. Disappointed.tPublished 2 days ago by Montana61
Title appropriate--just a plain story of some folks in a small town. Not much plot; unsatisfactory ending largely left to reader's mindPublished 2 days ago by Richard Milbrodt
I loved this book and was sorry to see it end. They're just ordinary people going through their daily life as well as they can. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pam
Lived up to its title in a quiet but powerful way. Cared about the characters and felt their humanity.Published 2 days ago by California Girl
Great book. I def recommend to anyone to read. If you like Steinbeck books you'd def like this. Thank you.Published 3 days ago by Chase Waite
A quiet slice of life novel that takes place in small town/rural Colorado. At first I was bored by what seemed like a lack of plot, but the lives of the characters slowly snuck up... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Carole
Slow moving but interesting story about inhabitants of a small Colorado plains town. Not action packed but that was the beauty of his books.Published 8 days ago by S. Hoover