eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.82 hours)
Product Number: Z100029805
Released: Feb 26, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780385363648
Narrator/s: Mark Bramhall
Publisher: Books on Tape
Please log in to view pricing


A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him; her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them. Next door, a young girl named Alice moves in with her grandmother and contends with the painful memories that Dad's condition stirs up of her own mother's death. Meanwhile, the town's newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and teenaged son, a task that proves all the more challenging when he faces the disdain of his congregation after offering more than they are accustomed to getting on a Sunday morning. And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle-aged daughter do everything they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors. Despite the travails that each of these families faces, together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. Here Kent Haruf gives us his most indelible portrait yet of this small town and reveals, with grace and insight, the compassion, the suffering and, above all, the humanity of its inhabitants.

Author(s): Kent Haruf
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2013

All formats/editions

Author(s): Kent Haruf
Product Number EB00161475
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307962157

Professional reviews

"Mark Bramhall gives an emotional performance of this melancholy slice of life in a small town. Author Kent Haruf once again focuses on various characters who live in the town of Holt, Colorado. Bramhall will have listeners in tears, yet uplifted, as he voices Dad Lewis, an elderly man who is dying of cancer with dignity and just a few regrets. Other characters revolving around Dad's end-of-life experience are portrayed with vulnerability and grace as they deal with situations of their own. Bramhall lets the characters' stories unfold slowly, lingering over the details that capture the essence of life in a small town, as well as the sorrow of bereavement. M.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter