Released on 27 February 2014.
The Folio Prize
James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Folio Prize.
One long last summer for Dad Lewis in his beloved town, Holt, Colorado. As old friends pass in and out to voice their farewells and good wishes, Dad's wife and daughter work to make his final days as comfortable as possible, knowing all is tainted by the heart-break of an absent son. Next door, a little girl with a troubled past moves in with her grandmother, and down town another new arrival, the Reverend Rob Lyle, attempts to mend strained relationships of his own.
Utterly beautiful, and devastating yet affirming, Kent Haruf's Benediction explores the pain, the compassion and the humanity of ordinary people.
The fictional county of Holt, where Kent Haruf’s novels Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction are set, is in Eastern Colorado. Journalist Max Liu went to explore the country with the author.
Kent Haruf has died at the age of 71. Kent Haruf was the author of the Plainsong trilogy, set in the fictional town of Holt in Colorado.
We're over the moon that Benediction, the third novel in Kent Haruf's Plainsong trilogy, has been shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize.
Why Kent Haruf's books should absolutely be on your bedside reading pile.