Author(s): Kent Haruf
In his critically acclaimed first novel, Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of a woman of the American High Plains, as told by her neighbor, Sanders Roscoe. A story of a woman who sacrifices her happiness in the name of family obligation, and then, in one gesture, reclaims her freedom.
"An impressive, expertly crafted work of sensitivity and detail. . . . Powerful." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"[A] fine first novel that dramatically and accurately explores the lives of people who work the land in the stark American Middle West." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Kent Haruf writes so wonderfully. . . . His characters live, and the voice of his narrator reverberates after the last page: humorous, ironic, loving." --"The Christian Science Monitor"
"Haruf's gifts as a writer go beyond choreography. He has caught his prairie people with the skill of Wright Morris, the prairie itself with the sweeping eye of Willa Cather. . . . [I]t's nearly impossible to believe this is his first novel." --"Rocky Mountain News"
Kent Haruf's honors include a Whiting Foundation Award, a Stegner Award, a Frank Waters Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. His novel "Plainsong "won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and the "New Yorker" Book Award. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in his native Colorado.