Where You Once Belonged

Where You Once Belonged

by Kent Haruf

Paperback(First Vintage Contemporaries Edition)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375708701
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: First Vintage Contemporaries Edition
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 156,163
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kent Haruf is the author of five previous novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers’ Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one.


South Central Mountains of Colorado

Date of Birth:

February 24, 1943

Place of Birth:

Pueblo, Colorado


B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1965; M.F.A., Iowa University (Writers' Workshop), 1973

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Where You Once Belonged 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good read. Interesting characters with lots of memorable events, but I was so, so disappointed in that ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Common people, real life.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Kent Haruf tells the story of a man who can’t see beyond his own point of view, through the eyes of a friend who can’t help seeing too deeply into everyone else’s mind. And slowly the tangled links between the two become clear. Jack Burdette is back in Holt Colorado, and at first nobody even sees him. But when they do, nobody’s glad. Jack doesn’t even seem to know why he came back. The narrator, however, sees more than a fat man in a car, and tells the story of a boy growing up, childhood pranks, drinks and poker slowly turning to unintended hurts and deepest wounds. The story changes when Jack leaves town. A larger than life character, he leaves a hole much larger than life in the community. At this point the narrator begins to enter his tale. Permanent losses are paired with the incomplete and hope begins to grow. But don’t read this story for an upbeat ending. It’s a novel of middles and middling through, believing there’s hope when hope fails, and finding out if there’s really any place where you belong. In the end, the main character is neither the narrator nor the man in the car, but the town itself, wounded, growing and healing from the hurts its people inflict. Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend.
zmagic69 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have read all but one of this author's books and they are all solid stories, that you immediately can fall into reading.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A villain returns to town and gets thrown in jail; the rest of the book tells us, step by step, about his impact on the town. Lovely spare writing; a plot carefully built. Not quite as magnificent as Plainsong, but close.
rampaginglibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very well written novel set in a small town--no words wasted. Beautiful words--devastating ending.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Where you once belonged is an interesting story. Jack Burdett (the main character) shows many different talents as well as emotions. He grew up with a rough life, but still managed to be a football star through high school, and earn a full ride scholarship. He didn't do so well in College, and ended up getting into trouble. He's a very unpredicatable character. Throughout the story he makes a numerous amount of choices, which did not lead to the best of choice for him, and ended up hurting him in the future. Kent Haruf did an excellent job describing the characters, and event throughout the entire story. He did so well that while I was reading, I actually stopped and thought about all the desccriptive words he used, and it inspired me as a writer.