Plainsong by Kent Haruf

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I was tipped off by my sister about this gentle, easy-paced story set in a small backwater town Colorado, it might be the perfect antidote to the January blues (or ‘greys’ as it should be called here in London, to match the sky colour). The narrative bumps along a bit like a horse pulled cart, linking characters together in a quietly observant manner, with great writing and a laid back timeline that is joyous to lose yourself in. Not a great deal happens, but some big subjects -single motherhood, grief and mental illness -are sensitively covered and the main players stayed with me for a few days after I put the book down. Kent has written more books, this one is part of a series, and I liked this one enough to order another. I’ll let you know…

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