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Kent Haruf

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.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144722753301
Published: 10/04/2013

Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf's honors include a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. His novel Plainsong won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award.

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Perhaps not since Hemingway has an American author triggered such reader empathy ... A modestly wrought wonder from one of our finest living writers.
Bruce Machart, Houston Chronicle