|Pages/Publication Date:||299 / 2005|
Returning to the high-plains town of Holt, Colorado, which he unforgettably described in Plainsong, Kent Haruf tells the stories of the aging McPheron brothers, who are learning to live without Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they took in and who has now left their ranch to attend college. Eleven-year-old orphan D.J. Kephart stoically cares for his grandfather while a disabled couple tries to protect their violent relative. As these lives unfold and intersect, Haruf unveils the timeless truths about human beings: their fragility and resilience, their selfishness and goodness, and their ability to find family in one another.
"As lovely and accomplished as its predecessor.... Haruf's sympathy for his characters, no matter how flawed they are, make this an uncommonly rich novel."—Publishers Weekly