#3 in series

Benediction

Book 3 in the series

3.97 based on 10111 ratings & 1745 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 11.04.2013
ISBN: 9781447227540
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

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.

In the media

Benediction is as richly laced with metaphysics as its title suggests . . . The most affecting moments of this supremely graceful novel are conjured by farewells to the quotidian.
Times Literary Supplement
In spare, Cormac McCarthy-like prose, Kent Haruf writes about facing death in modern America.
Independent on Sunday
There's something of the tone of Joyce's Dubliners in Haruf's simply-told tale of elderly Dad Lewis, diagnosed with cancer and living out his last summer. An elegiac tone, of someone who has already gone, gives Haruf's prose its extraordinary dignity and humanity.
Sunday Herald