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Plainsong

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Synopsis

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. In the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux finds herself pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom’s sons find their way forward without their mother, quiet and gentle Harold and Raymond McPheron agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives are about to change forever.

A novel of haunting beauty from one of America's greatest writers of our time, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind’s infinite capacity for love.

In the media

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
Plainsong becomes a story of mythic proportion, and not just a story about a small town in the American West, but a story of universal concern. Our story
Boston Review
A first-rate, old-fashioned read
Time Out