Preceding the astonishing Eventide and Benediction, this is Kent Haruf’s first novel set in the imaginary landscape of Holt, Colorado.
Set in Kent Haruf’s fictional landscape of Holt County, Colorado, Plainsong is a story of simple lives told with extraordinary empathy.
With an introduction by Peter Carey, author of True History of the Kelly Gang.
I suppose it is crazy. I don’t know. I don’t even care. But that girl needs somebody . . . And you old solitary bastards need somebody too. Somebody or something besides an old red cow to care about and worry over.
Tom Guthrie is struggling to bring up his two young sons alone and, in the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux is pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom’s boys find their way forward without their mother, brothers Harold and Raymond McPheron – gentle, solitary, gruff and unpolished – agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives will change forever.
A novel of haunting beauty from one of America’s greatest writers of our time, Plainsong is an undeniable classic that explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind’s infinite capacity for love.