A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl -- her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house -- is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they've ever known.From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together -- their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant. As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations, Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition.Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life, Plainsong is a novel to care about, believe in, and learn from.
In alternating points of view, Haruf chronicles several lives in a small town in Colorado. The plot involves Tom Guthrie, whose wife leaves him with their two little boys; a young pregnant girl who is thrown out of her house by her mother; the elderly McPheron brothers who take her in; and Maggie Jones, Tom's kindhearted colleague.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Literary, Education, General, Family + Friendship, Work + the Workplace, Society + Social Issues, Settings, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior
- Alfred a Knopf Inc
- October 1, 1999
- October 1, 1999
- Kent Haruf