Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Twilight Book Club reads "Plainsong"

Join us on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 PM for a discussion of Kent Haruf's novel Plainsong. Plainsong, according to Haruf's epigraph, is "any simple and unadorned melody or air." It's a perfect description of this lovely, rough-edged book, set on the very edge of the Colorado plains. In the same way that the plains define the American landscape, small-town life in the heartlands is a quintessentially American experience. Holt, Colorado is both the setting for and the psychological matrix of Haruf's beautifully executed novel.

This is a compelling story of grief, bereavement, loneliness and anger, but also of kindness, benevolence, love and the making of a strange new family. In depicting the stalwart courage of decent, troubled people going on with their lives, Haruf's quietly eloquent account illumines the possibilities of grace.

The Twilight Book club is open to all, with copies available for check-out at the Circulation Desk. Note that the group meets on the second Tuesday in April, a change from the usual first Tuesday.


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