Friday, May 29, 2009

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

4 stars

Plainsong is set in the rural community of Holt, Colorado. It's the story of a pregnant teenage girl, two lonely teachers, a pair of old bachelor brothers, and two young boys abandoned by their mother.

I've said this many times before, but I'll say it again. I'm a huge fan of character novels. Stephen King and Richard Russo have always been my favorites, but I can now add Kent Haruf to that list. I was captivated by this story. I fell in love with the characters, especially the McPheron brothers. Haruf had no problem putting you into their lives and making you care for them. I look very forward to reading more of his books.


Anonymous said...

I listened to Plainsong on audio last year and liked it very much. I thought the title very well-chosen, as his writing is very lyrical and rhythmic.

Ondrej Dyrka said...

It's an awesome book!

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