Benediction Summary
Kent Haruf

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Benediction Overview

Benediction, a contemporary novel by Kent Haruf, is set in the small community of Holt, Colorado. When one of Holt's residents, seventy-seven year-old Dad Lewis, receives a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, his pending death becomes a hub for the exploration of other characters' lives. Benediction addresses issues such as the difficulty of extending forgiveness, the need to respect the dead and the dying, and the resistance for involuntary change.