Benediction by Kent Haruf

BenedictionThis elegiac novel, written with extraordinary simplicity, tells the story of ordinary people in a small town on the high plains of Colorado. Dad Lewis, owner of the town’s hardware store, is dying of lung cancer, and his wife Mary makes his last days comfortable with the help of their daughter who hurries home from Denver. Their son Frank is estranged from the family and they have lost track of him. Next door is an 11-year-old orphan who has moved in with her grandmother; another new arrival is an idealistic preacher whose wife and son are alienated and miserable in their new surroundings. Throughout the story, and old widow and her daughter are a source of help to their neighbors. The novel is a tender glimpse of small town life.

Reviewed by Hopalong


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