Friday Reads: Plainsong 

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“Here was this man Tom Guthrie in Holt standing at the back window in the kitchen of his house smoking cigarettes and looking out over the back lot where the sun was just coming up.”

I only discovered Kent Haruf a couple of years ago when I read Our Souls at Night, which I loved. Since I’m also loving his novel Plainsong, I definitely plan on reading the rest of his books. Plainsong received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and The New Yorker Book Award, and was also a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award. I’ve often heard Haruf’s writing style described as plain, minimalist, and sparse. I’d add crisp, tender, and quiet. As I read his words, I am in constant awe of his talent. I already have a copy of his book Eventide on my shelf and plan on buying everything else he ever wrote.

What are you reading?

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