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I read this for my new-to-me IRL book group and loved it.   The book takes place in and around the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, which is in eastern Colorado, so not very close to the mountains--it's big wide open spaces.   The book tells the story of the intertwined lives of some of the residents of Holt and the surrounding area.  Each character is fully realized and has his or her own personality and manner of speaking.  There are two old men in the story who could have sounded exactly alike, but I could immediately tell them apart based on their senses of humor and degree of brusqueness.  All of the characters are like that.  


This is a very gentle book.  There are a few bad actors, but most of the characters are doing their best to care for others and be kind and generous.  Apparently, this is the first of a trilogy and I plan to read the next 2 books, although not before our book club meeting.  

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There's also a TV movie of Plainsong, which pops up in the UK from time to time!

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