Set in an imaginative landscape as vivid and powerful as those of Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx, Kent Haruf's Benediction is a devastating yet affirming novel that explores the pain, the compassion and above all the humanity of ordinary people.
One long last summer for Dad Lewis in his beloved town, Holt, Colorado. As old friends pass in and out of his front door to voice their farewells, their prayers, their good wishes, Dad’s wife and daughter work to make his final days as comfortable as possible, knowing all is tainted by the heartbreak of an absent son.
Next door, a little girl moves in with her grandmother and is drawn into the circle of friendship, her innocence and youth providing promise and hope to all those around her.
And down town another new arrival, the Reverend Rob Lyle, attempts to mend strained relationships of his own, as he faces up to his latest congregation.
Shortlisted for the Folio Prize 2014.