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1999

Plainsong

By Kent Haruf

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Vintage

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Ha Jin for Waiting

Fiction Judges That Year: Charles Johnson, Dorothy Allison, Allegra Goodman, Terry McMillan, Scott Spencer

The Year in Literature:

  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Günter Grass won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: All of Haruf's novels take place in the fictional town of Holt in eastern Colorado. Holt is based on Yuma, Colorado, where Haruf lived in the early 1980s.

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