26 February 2013

Benediction; Kent Haruf

BenedictionBenediction by Kent Haruf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again, Haruf has written a quiet, moving novel wherein nothing happens, and everything happens.

Dad Lewis is dying and the novel covers the last few weeks of his life; of course there are some flashbacks to previous events, as Dad relives (or imagines) his past. The members of his family, neighbors and a few other townspeople visit to say their last respects or interact with each other in the ways in which people in small towns do interact. With only one exception (Reverend Lewis)they're all recognizable, predictable. Rev. Lewis' crisis of faith is the one thing that really surprised me, and I'm happy that the surprise didn't overwhelm the rest of the book.

It was also nice that the people in Plainsong were mentioned tangentally, in such a way that if you haven't read that book you wouldn't even notice.

ARC provided by publisher.

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