I had to noodle on this one for a few days to decide how I felt. It was beautiful writing that flowed so easily. It was sparse and yet captured so much.
The conflict was that I didn't realize how much I cared about the characters until some of the twists and turns unfolded that I really didn't like. I found myself reading in a frenzy to find out how it unfolds and getting very upset at some of their choices. Haruf seamlessly weaves together three stories:
- Two little boys whose mother leaves them to be raised by their father
- Two old crusty bachelor brothers who are farmers
- A young girl finds herself pregnant
Easy to read in the writing style but not easy from an emotional perspective. This one will stay with me for a while. What an amazing author.