"'I did think you knew better than to come back here. What in hell was you thinking of?'"
Back in Holt for the last time! My heart already cries in thinking that I have no books left to read written by Kent Haruf, in my view one of the best contemporary American authors.
And this novel did not disappoint me, it is simple and engrossing, sad and heartbreaking.
Holt and its inhabitants are back again, with that "little town where everybody knows everybody else" style and that laid-back and tranquil way of living. Holt's characters can be unified and very supportive to one another but also unforgiving and vindictive if you go against them. And this is what happens to Jack Burdette, who steals from Holt and disappears, leaving behind a family to pay for his actions.
The story is told by the local newspaper editor, Pat, who has known Jack all his life and who himself has a lot of sadness in his life and ends up getting more involved in Jack Burdette's life than he'd like to.
Tragedy, solitude, but also love are the topics of this short novel that touches your heart with its sweet, slow, decadent pace.
I wish Kent Haruf wrote a lot more books as I will terribly miss reading him!
Overall rating: 9 Plot: 9 Writing style: 10 Cover: 8
Title: Where you once belonged