I’ve seen Plainsong in countless book stores since it was published in 1999 and came close to being enticed to read it based on the title, book cover, and cover blurbs. I only recently read it after a comment from a respected colleague and friend praised Benedition, noting it as the third in a trilogy starting with Plainsong. Based on this recommendation I undertook reading the trilogy and, being so moved by the author’s style and content, promptly moved on to the first and second books he wrote. While looking for more, I encountered the sad news that Kent Haruf died at age 71 in 2014 and that a final novel, Our Souls at Night, was written while he was dying, and published in 2015.
I offer four articles on this body of work, all written after reading his entire fiction repertoire in the following order:
|Plainsong||1999||Sept 5, 2016|
|Eventide||2004||Sept 10, 2016|
|Benediction||2013||Sept 14, 2016|
|Where You Once Belonged||1990||Sept 15, 2016|
|The Tie That Binds||1984||Sept 27, 2016|
|Our Souls at Night||2015||Oct 5, 2016|