Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)

Plainsong (Plainsong, #1) Description:

A heartstrong story of family and romance tribulation and tenacity set on the High Plains east of Denver br br In the small town of Holt Colorado a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom then altogether A teenage girl her father long since disappeared her mother unwilling to have her in the house is pregnant alone herself with nowhere to go And out in the country two brothers elderly bachelors work the family homestead the only world they ve ever known br br From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life and of the town and landscape that bind them together their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station their confusion curiosity dignity and humor intact and resonant As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition br br Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life i Plainsong i is a novel to care about believe in and learn from

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night Description:

A spare yet eloquent bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who in advanced age come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future br br In the familiar setting of Holt Colorado home to all of Kent Haruf s inimitable fiction Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor Louis Waters Her husband died years ago as did his wife and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades in fact Addie was quite fond of Louis s wife His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs her son even farther away in Grand Junction and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family the nights so terribly lonely especially with no one to talk with br br Their brave adventures their pleasures and their difficulties are hugely involving and truly resonant making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer s enduring contribution to American literature

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Eventide (Plainsong, #2)

Eventide (Plainsong, #2) Description:

Kent Haruf award winning bestselling author of b Plainsong b i i returns to the high plains town of Holt Colorado with a novel of masterful authority The aging McPheron brothers are learning to live without Victoria Roubideaux the single mother they took in and who has now left their ranch to start college A lonely young boy stoically cares for his grandfather while a disabled couple tries to protect their a violent relative As these lives unfold and intersect b Eventide b i i unveils the immemorial truths about human beings their fragility and resilience their selfishness and goodness and their ability to find family in one another

Rating: 3.43 out of 5

Benediction (Plainsong, #3)

Benediction (Plainsong, #3) Description:

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer he and his wife must work together along with their daughter to make his final days as comfortable as possible despite the bitter absence of their estranged son Next door a young girl moves in with her grandmother and contends with the memories that Dad s condition stirs up of her own mother s death A newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and son and soon faces the disdain of his congregation when he offers more than they are used to getting on Sunday mornings And throughout an elderly widow and her middle aged daughter do all they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds Description:

Colorado January Eighty year old Edith Goodnough lies in a hospital bed IV taped to the back of her hand police officer at her door She is charged with murder The clues a sack of chicken feed slit with a knife a milky eyed dog tied outdoors one cold afternoon The motives the brutal business of farming and a family code of ethics as unforgiving as the winter prairie itself br br In his critically acclaimed first novel Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains as told by her neighbor Sanders Roscoe As Roscoe shares what he knows Edith s tragedies unfold a childhood of pre dawn chores a mother s death a violence that leaves a father dependent on his children forever enraged Here is the story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family and then in one gesture reclaims her freedom Breathtaking determinedly truthful b The Tie That Binds b is a powerfully eloquent tribute to the arduous demands of rural America and of the tenacity of the human spirit

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Where You Once Belonged

Where You Once Belonged Description:

Heavy built Jack Burdette is quite literally too big for his boots and too big certainly for the small town attitudes of Holt Colorado But when he fails to make the grade as a college footballer and takes a job with the local farmers co operative it seems he has finally settled into the rhythm and routine of everyday life Outward appearances can be deceptive however as Jack proves returning from a weekend conference with a new wife in tow then leaving her behind and skipping town with a bundle of other folk s money br br Nearly a decade later no one has forgiven or forgotten and when Jack reappears resentment runs high Once again though it is Jack whose presence even more than his eight year absence proves the most devastating

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

Trilogia di Holt

Trilogia di Holt Description:

Il cofanetto della Trilogia di Holt il punto di arrivo di un esperienza di lettura br Chi ha gi conosciuto l opera di Kent Haruf e chi invece desidera conoscerla pu farlo partendo da questa edizione a tiratura speciale e limitata che raccoglie Benedizione Canto della pianura e Crepuscolo gi usciti singolarmente tra il e il br Holt una citt immaginaria Ma la comunit che la anima unica e universale allo stesso tempo La forza della Trilogia proprio la capacit di coinvolgere tutti i lettori toccando corde di umanit che ognuno di noi pu ritrovare in se stesso Una citt dalla fisionomia ben precisa e sapientemente illustrata da due mappe una geografia dell immaginario che rende visibili le strade gli incroci i luoghi di incontro disegnata da Marco Denti seguita da una geografia del sentimento con le case le vicinanze le dimensioni pi intime e familiari disegnata da Franco Matticchio Insieme creano una traccia nascosta che impreziosisce l opera br br Una nota di Cathy Haruf moglie di Kent completa il percorso offrendo uno sguardo sulle fasi della scrittura

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

West of Last Chance

West of Last Chance Description:

em West of Last Chance em is a unique collaboration between celebrated photographer Peter Brown and award winning author Kent Haruf The result is a profound visual verbal dialogue of short prose pieces and large format color images that brings to life this sometimes brutal and incredibly beautiful part of the country Awarded the Dorothea Lange Paul Taylor Prize by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for this project in the authors write Our interest in this part of the world is contemporary but also includes its history and a mix of stories that have passed down over the years stories that resonate with the land in interesting ways br It is an evocative work concerned with moments that describe the beauty power tragedy and cultural complexity of the place itself the way the land has been used the way people have lived on it and the visual record that has been left behind

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from ''The New York Times''

Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from ''The New York Times'' Description:

Original essays from of today s most celebrated writers that explores lit amp the literary life The reflections range from the craft of writing to the intersection of art amp the world The writers are Nobel laureates Pulitzer Prize winners Nat Book Award recip best selling authors amp teachers novelists poets amp playwrights Includes Russell Banks Saul Bellow Carolyn Chute E L Doctorowe Louise Erdrich Richard Ford Gail Godwin Mary Gordon Gish Jen Diane Johnson Jamaica Kincaid Barbara Kingsolver Hans Koning David Mamet Walter Mosley Joyce Carol Oates Marge Piercy Annie Proulx Roxana Robinson James Salter William Saroyan Susan Sontag Scott Turow John Updike Kurt Vonnegut Jr Alice Walker amp Elie Wiesel

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

Listening For God, Vol. 4 (Contemporary Literature And The Life Of Fait)

Listening For God, Vol. 4 (Contemporary Literature And The Life Of Fait) Description:

This resource helps adults explore the issues of discipleship and theology through guided interaction from selections of American literature Listening for God includes excerpts from the works of eight contemporary American authors supplemented by author profiles and discussion and reflection questions Included are selections from James Baldwin Sue Miller Robert Olen Butler Doris Betts Michael Malone Allegra Goodman Alice Elliott Dark Kent Haruf

Rating: 3.78 out of 5