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Benediction

Kent Haruf

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

8h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:02


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:37


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:20


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

00:33