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Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
This book brought fame to author Kent Haruf, but it actually was the third of six books he would write about the inhabitants of fictional Holt, CO. In this beautifully written story, we are introduced to several people whose lives intersect- a pregnant 17 year old who is kicked out of her home, a HS teacher whose wife is suffering from depression, his two boys, two older bachelor brothers who live out in the country on their family farm, and the female teacher who brings everyone together to form a new and unexpected family of sorts. The title Plainsong is taken from the Christian church as a description for a simple and unadorned melody, for that describes this novel- sparse, straightforward, and lovely. Haruf's prose can be almost poetic at times, but never melodramatic or overdone. The lives of the people in this small town will stay with you, and the stories told will almost become a memory in your mind, for they seem so real.
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