Plainsong

Finalist, National Book Awards 1999 for Fiction

Plainsong by kent haruf book cover
ISBN 9780375705854
Vintage | Alfred A. Knopf

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A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.

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Ambitious, but never seeming so, Kent Haruf reveals a whole community as he interweaves the stories of a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace--a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground.

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