In Holt, Colorado, 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, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind's infinity capacity for love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 11/04/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781447240440
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Review by AlisonY
I may just have fallen in love with a new author... A beautiful, pared back and emotional read, I thought this was a fantastic book, executed with a quiet brilliance that pulls hard on the heartstrings.Set in Holt, Colarado, two main stories are interwoven throughout the novel; Tom Guthrie, a teacher and father of two good kids, is struggling with the breakdown of his marriage and some problems at school, whilst the boys are increasingly lonely and missing the security of a stable home life. At the same school, a young student Victoria Roubideaux finds herself pregnant and cast adrift, reliant on the kindness and generosity of another school teacher and two farming brothers to help her build a plan for a new life.This novel has a simple plot of everyday hardship, but Haruf's plainspoken and unsentimental prose builds an outstanding story of emotional tension, developing multifaceted characters that you sympathise with, worry about, get angry with, and plain just fall in love with. If they were all in front of me now I'd have to gather them all together for a major group hug before settling them down for a few beers and a barbecue.Perfect is a pretty strong word to use, but try as I might I really can't find too much wrong with this novel.