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Benediction

Kent Haruf

In Holt, the fictional Colorado town where all of Haruf’s novels are set, Dad Lewis is dying of cancer. As his wife and daughter care for him, he spends his last weeks thinking over his life, including his relationship with his estranged son. Next door, an 8-year-old named Alice moves in with her grandmother after her mother dies of breast cancer, and the new preacher tries to mend relations with his wife and teenaged son after moving from Denver. Haruf (Eventide, 2004) reveals the suffering and humanity of Holt's inhabitants with grace and insight.