The author, once again, in this his last novel, returns to the fictional small town of Holt, Colorado, the setting for all of his fiction (Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction).
Haruf, who passed away in November 2014, has written a bittersweet but buoyant novel about a widow and a widower who find each other and in the process find an antidote to loneliness.
Despite the author’s spare style, Haruf packs as much action, character development and emotion in 179 pages as many authors do in books twice or three times as long.
The review in Library Journal states that “this novel resonates beyond the pages … don’t miss this exceptional work from a literary voice now stilled.”
“A fine and poignant novel that demonstrates that our desire to love and to be loved does not dissolve with age. . . . The story speeds along, almost as if it’s a page-turning mystery.” —Joseph Peschel, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch