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Benediction

Haruf, Kent (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Benediction
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A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
Authors: Haruf, Kent
Title: Benediction
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,25 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
Summary: A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
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ISBN: 0307959880
Statement of Responsibility: Kent Haruf
Subject Headings: Families Colorado Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2012028744
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I enjoyed Benediction which very clearly described the family dynamics that can complicate life.

Aug 28, 2014
  • czarina815 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written and deeply moving. It left me still immersed in the story and the lives of these characters and wondering about how the survivors' lives would turn out. The ending moved me to tears -- and that rarely happens.

Aug 24, 2014
  • markd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the connections and the various stories around them. There were many threads and I found them to be woven together well. I was reminded that we are each a story and that time keeps moving forward and other stories happen to replace those that draw to a close.

A few pages and I tossed it back.

Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Remember liking, but not much else

Mar 06, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was a very light, fast read. Wouldn't recommend it.

Jan 25, 2014
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Sep 08, 2013
  • marcrrussell rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL. a gently told story with 'unimportant' people of exceptional decency. the pace was perfect. the setting, for me, became almost a favorite character. highly recommend-

Aug 28, 2013
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A comforting book about a family and friends in a small rural town. I could relate to the character Dad, as I am approaching that age, and having grown up in a small town, I could appreciate the values and simplicity of life. A pleasant read.

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