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Publisher's Summary

In Where You Once Belonged, the best-selling and award-winning novelist of Eventide, Kent Haruf, tells of a small-town hero who is dealt an enviable hand - and cheats with all of the cards.

Deftly plotted, defiantly honest, Where You Once Belonged sings the song of a wounded prairie community in a narrative with the earmarks of a modern American classic. In prose as lean and supple as a spring switch, Haruf describes a high school football star who wins the heart of the loveliest girl in the county and the admiration of men twice his age. Fun-loving, independent, Burdette engages in the occasional prank. But when he turns into a man, his high jinks turn into crimes - with unspeakable consequences. Now, eight years later, Burdette has returned to commit his greatest trespass of all. And the people of Holt may not be able to stop him.

©2000 Kent Haruf (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Taut and deadly.... A terse and beautifully wrought narration." ( Los Angeles Times)
"A beautifully told parable - simple and stark and true." ( Newsday)
"Haruf's brooding, pondering style translates into first-class writing." ( Rocky Mountain News)

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  • Diana Devlin
  • 08-30-20

mixed feelings

This was my first book by Kent Haruf. It started well and ended beautifully, just very very boring in between.