Where You Once Belonged

Author(s): Kent Haruf


Set in a fictional Colorado town, Kent Haruf's Where You Once Belonged brings to life small town America and the characters that keep the community together.Heavy-built Jack Burdette is quite literally too big for his boots - and too big, certainly, for the small-town attitudes of Holt, Colorado. But when he fails to make the grade as a college footballer, and takes a job with the local farmers' cooperative, it seems he has finally settled into the rhythm and routine of everyday life. Outward appearances can be deceptive, however, as Jack proves: returning from a weekend conference with a new wife in tow, then leaving her behind and skipping town with a bundle of other folks' money. Nearly a decade later, no one has forgiven or forgotten, and when Jack reappears, resentment runs high. Once again though, it is Jack whose presence - even more than his eight-year absence - proves the most devastating.


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"Taut and deadly. . . . A terse and beautifully wrought narration." --"Los Angeles Times"
"A beautifully told parable--simple and stark and true." --"Newsday"
"Where You Once Belonged speaks with the authenticity of . . . Hemingway and Faulkner." --"The Denver Post"
"Haruf's brooding, pondering style translates into first-class writing." --"Rocky Mountain News"

Kent Haruf's honors include a Whiting Foundation Award, a Stegner Award, a Frank Waters Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. His novel "Plainsong "won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and the "New Yorker" Book Award. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in his native Colorado.

General Fields

  • : 9780375708701
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : Vintage
  • : February 2000
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : June 2000
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Vintage Contemporaries ed
  • : English
  • : FIC
  • : 180
  • : Kent Haruf