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Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Airdate: April 14, 2003

About the Author

Kent Haruf is a self-proclaimed "ministry brat" fiction writer. Kent Haruf grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels are set. He studied literature at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, where he would later teach. He took graduate courses at the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. For two years, he taught English in Turkey as a member of the Peace Corps. He was 41 before his first piece of fiction was published, in Puerto del Sol. His most recent novels are "Eventide" and "Plainsong." The latter won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and The New Yorker Book Award. Kent Haruf retired from his teaching position at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and now lives in Salida, Colorado.



About this Book

Tom Guthrie is a high school teacher whose wife can't--or won't--get out of bed; the McPherons are two bachelor brothers who know little about the world beyond their farm gate; Victoria Roubideaux is a pregnant 17-year-old with no place to turn. Their lives parallel each other in much the same way any small-town lives would--until Maggie Jones, another teacher, makes them intersect. Even as she tries to draw Guthrie out of his black cloud, she sends Victoria to live with the two elderly McPheron brothers, who know far more about cattle than about teenage girls.