Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Benediction, by Kent Haruf

In case you were confused about it, Haruf will assure you that aging and dying aren't pretty.  While Haruf's writing is generally minimalist, when it comes to aged bodies and the end of life, he provides considerable physical and emotional detail.  As a former hospice worker, Haruf seems to know quite a bit about death, and how regrets can plague even the most decent of people in their final days.  Like The Tie That Binds, Where You Once Belonged, Plainsong, and Eventide, Benediction takes place in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado.  Dad Lewis, the owner of Holt's hardware store, is dying and facing the sum of his life, and the family, friends, neighbors, and pastor who support him in the end have their own stories and their own regrets.

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