This is a novel about ordinary people in central Colorado. The time is the present. The people are a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. Kent Haruf weaves their tales together in a most beautiful way. It is truly an unadorned melody on air. One of the things that struck me right from the start was the way he doesn't use quotation marks for any of the dialogue. This technique has the effect of melding the speech of the characters with the author's descriptions of the enviroment in which they live. It somehow lends a feeling of peace in spite of the story, which is equally sad and hopeful. This is a masterful piece of writing. I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did.