One of the books that I read on my Kindle this past year was Plainsong (1999), by Kent Haruf. It is a story of the lives and challenges faced by several individuals living in and around the same High Plains town of eastern Colorado. They collide and create a new kind of family.
This story told in plain language could be sappy, but it isn’t. The characters are well-developed and interesting. You care what happens to them. They do the right thing, and show up for each other. Because they aren’t perfect, you want to get to know them. In this rewarding novel, you will.
Verlyn Klinkenborg writes editorials for The New York Times. He is the author of ‘Making Hay’ and ‘The Last Fine Time,’ and he summed up the story told in this novel beautifully:
“It is the triumph of ‘Plainsong’ that here, where the novel turns and the reader might have felt the author’s hands clutching his lapels, you feel instead that the McPherons’ self-knowledge — their plain intent to change without knowing why — passes effortlessly into your own self-knowledge. You are convinced that if there really were a Holt, Colo., this is how things would be in that town, truant and forgiving at the same time. The tide of judgment has washed away here, leaving a world that is only what it is, with lives to be made or squandered as they will.”
Curl up with a hot beverage and enjoy.