Kent Haruf (Author)
August 22, 2000
5.38 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author
KENT HARUF is the author of five previous novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers' Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one.
"A novel so foursquare, so delicate and lovely . . . it has the power to exalt the reader." --The New York Times Book Review "Resonant and meaningful . . . . A song of praise in honor of the lives it chronicles [and] a story about people's ability to adapt and redeem themselves, to heal the wounds of isolation by moving, gropingly and imperfectly, toward community." --Richard Tillinghast, The Washington Post Book World "A compelling and compassionate novel. . . . [With] his sheer assurance as a storyteller, [Mr. Haruf] has conjured up an entire community, and ineluctably immersed the reader in its dramas." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "A work as flawlessly unified as a short story by Poe or Chekhov." --Jon Hassler, Chicago Tribune "Haunting, virtuosic, inimitable." --Sarah Saffian, San Francisco Chronicle "If the novelist invents a world, then Mr. Haruf has shaped a place of enormous goodness... The story itself--spare, unsentimental, rooted in action--honors the values of the community it describes." --Lisa Michaels, "A moving look at our capacity for both pointless cruelty and simple decency, our ability to walk out of the wreckage of one family and build a stronger one where that one used to stand." --Jeff Giles, Newsweek "A work as flawlessly unified as a short story by Poe or Chekhov." --Jon Hassler, Chicago Tribune