Plainsong

Picador Classic

3.99 based on 45020 ratings & 3413 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 08.10.2015
ISBN: 9781447289517
Number of pages: 320

Synopsis

With an introduction by Peter Carey

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.

Set in Kent Haruf's fictional landscape of Holt County, Colorado, Plainsong is a story of simple lives told with extraordinary empathy. 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.

In the media

Plainsong is a well-crafted investigation into how disparate voices, each unique and interconnected, can come together in the most unlikely of circumstances . . . Haruf offers a fresh approach by creating layers which intensify and deepen as the novel progresses, alternating between each character's life at every chapter
Observer
I've had the delightful experience once again of becoming so absorbed in a book that I couldn't have slowed down if I tried . . . At certain points I was horrified by the austerity of the isolated lives in this story, and yet on every page I savoured the beauty of the telling
Chicago Tribune
The hundreds of thousands of fans of this book have been nothing less than devotional in their praise of Kent Haruf
Times Literary Supplement