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Plainsong by Kent Haruf
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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. Published in 1999, 301 pages.
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A Conversation with Kent Haruf, Author of Plainsong” from Random House, posted on the Daniel Boone Public Library’s “One Read” website.
A Conversation with Kent Haruf” from Bold Type review of Plainsong.’s explanation of a Plainsong and a Gregorian chant
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