Friday, October 16, 2015
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Here was this man Tom Guthrie in Holt standing at the back window in the kitchen of his house smoking cigarettes and looking out over the back lot where the sun was just coming up.
"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." -- from the back cover
A quiet and beautiful book! Haruf's description of place and characters drew me in to discover a family of friends.
Date read: 10/16/2015
Series: Plainsong, #1
Rating: 3*/5 = good
# of pages: 301