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Benediction
Benediction | Kent Haruf
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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 towns 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. This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
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Bevita
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I loved this book. Very real characters and portrait of the western Plains. Lovely.

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Cinfhen
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#UnpopularOpinion I was SO looking forward to the final book of Kent Haruf‘s Plainsong Trilogy but this one did not deliver. It was a flat storyline with caricatures more than characters. All the charm and heart I felt in the first two books were lacking for me in this one. I was hoping to have one last visit with some beloved residents of Holt but unfortunately no prior characters were included ( except for a passing comment) Disappointing ending

RachelO Oh no - that‘s sad ☹️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Considering it‘s the last book in a trilogy, that‘s so sad 😞 2mo
Cinfhen I know 😭😭im really disappointed @RachelO @erzascarletbookgasm the other two were excellent so there‘s that!!! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books I hate it when that happens! So disappointing. 1mo
Cinfhen It has a 4.9 rating on GoodReads so it‘s definitely an #UnpopularOpinion @Hooked_on_books 😛 1mo
TrishB Oh no! Haven‘t got to second yet, so this will be a while off. 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ 1mo
Cinfhen I would say you could even skip this one @TrishB Thanks @Cathythoughts happy flowers fix almost EVERYTHING ♥️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft That's too bad! I actually never made it past the first book. 1mo
Cinfhen You should read book Two @4thhouseontheleft it was REALLY GOOD 💜 1mo
Kalalalatja I still need to read the first, but I loved Our Souls at Night, so hoping I‘ll love it, too! 🤞 1mo
Balibee146 That's disappointing but sounds like you could read the first two and consider them a duology? 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s a great way of looking at things @Balibee146 absolutely stick with books one & two and forget all about book 3!!! 1mo
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mcctrish
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My city‘s library is holding its annual book sale ( I did not buy all of these ) and I showed remarkable restraint. I always find it overwhelming to choose from all the books, I know I left too many good ones behind

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Lkardos12
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First full #24in48 book. Obsessed with the plain and simple writing and timeless small town observations, but oof this one was a bit punch. Level 3 weepy snot bomb the last 30 pages 😭

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

An old man is told he hasn‘t gone long left to live and looks back on the mistakes in his life. It sounds depressing, and in some places it is, but it‘s also uplifting in places, and beautifully written.

#ReadingUSA2019
#colorado

jessinikkip Nice, I need Colorado, and this one sounds good 9mo
Kaye Very good ! Great writer, but I haven‘t read this yet. 9mo
Marina_h I loved his book Our souls at night and would love to read more of his books! 9mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read any of his others @Marina_h but would love to do so now! 9mo
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tnociti
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Pickpick

"May you leave this physical world without any more pain or regrets or unhappiness or remorse or self-doubt or worry and may you let all your trials and troubles and cares pass away. May you simply be at peace."
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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tnociti
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If you have not yet read Kent Haruf you are missing something truly lovely.

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NerdyRev
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Pickpick

I found this book through a beautiful quote. When I picked it up, I was not aware this was a third book, in a loosely tied together series. It is a free standing book, but I guess side characters are important in other books. This is very much a Midwest, slow moving, character/town study on dying and the isolation that comes with getting your things in order. It is slow and plodding by design. The writing is great!

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HeatherBookNerd
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I just finished Eventide and was going to read Benediction to see how this trilogy finishes up. I especially want to hear more about Raymond, but the blurb on the book doesn‘t seem to touch on any previous characters at all. Is that right? It‘s billed as Plainsong #3 and it is set in Holt once again, but if it does not continue any stories from the first two books, I may not keep going right now.

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shawnmooney
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Lovely hardcover Haruf! I know @saresmoore approves!

saresmoore Yes, she does! 2y
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Libby1
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Since I don't already have 5 million books in Mount TBR...

But it's Haruf.

That settles it.

BarbaraBB You're right 😂! 3y
shawnmooney I third that emotion! 3y
LisaJo "But it's Haruf"… That is sooo a thing. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Libby1 It is a force that is impossible to resist, @BarbaraBB , @shawnmooney , @LisaJo . 😃 3y
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LauraBeth
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I got my salad tonight and then started crying from the overwhelming emotional week. The husband responded with: "Do you need to go to the library? Do you need some books? Want to go to the bookstore? Tell me about the book you're reading now. Do you want some cake?" ?

DGRachel {{hugs}} 3y
Megabooks That's love! ❤️❤️ 3y
MallenNC I love your husband's response! Books, reading, & cake are all good comfort. Thinking of you! (edited) 3y
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Pelican71 Aw...💓 3y
Beachesnbooks That's so cute!!! Aw 3y
brilliantglow What a great husband❤ hope the rest of the week is better for you 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 I hope your week gets better!! Too sweet of your hubby!! 3y
LeahBergen I hope you said, "all of them, please"? ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Felso Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Hugs to you ❤️ 3y
saresmoore Good man. ♥️😘 3y
Bookzombie Good husband! Big hugs to you! ❤️ 3y
Bookzombie Also, that salad looks so yummy! 🥗 (edited) 3y
Bookchipmunk {HUGS} 3y
Captivatedbybooks I say he's a keeper! 3y
MicheleinPhilly *swoons* He's a good egg. Sending you ❤️. 3y
Louise Awwww! He knows what nourishes you! 3y
Redwritinghood Books and cake! Now there's a guy that really knows how to please a lady. 3y
BeverleeWitvoetAbell Love that response!!! 3y
Hooked_on_books I like this man! 3y
Cathleennh What a great response! Strength to you to get through your week. 3y
DebinHawaii He's a keeper for that response alone. Thinking of you and sending you support and big virtual hugs. 💜💜💜 3y
Cinfhen What a guy...{{group hug}} 💜💛💙hope your mom is comfortable and you all have an easier week 3y
cariashley Hugs. And what a great partner. ❤️❤️ 3y
BookBabe Big hugs! He's definitely a keeper. 💜 3y
Laura317 Rough days call for cake and books. Hugs. 3y
CouronneDhiver You're a true inspiration to be sharing such a difficult experience with us. We're all keeping your family in our prayers! ❤️ 3y
tpixie What a sweet response from your husband! Yummy salad- glad you went out to try to relax. Sounds like you needed a good cry- a great stress reliever (as described in The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket that I just read yesterday). You and your family are going through so much now. I hope this next week is better. Remember to care for yourself, so you can care for your mom and family. 3y
minkyb Sending ❣️ 3y
stacybmartin Sending lots of hugs and love - stay strong! 💜💜💜 3y
needleminding What a great partner! 😊 It's nice to feel supported. Sending ❤+🍰 vibes (I'm not sure what cake vibes are but they're definitely good). 3y
melbeautyandbooks You have a great, supportive partner! Sorry you're having to go through this difficult time. Sending positive vibes your way. ❤️ 3y
lamaman2boys What a sweet response. Lots of hugs & cake, and books to you! 3y
Suet624 Oh my. That just made me teary. Love to you both. 3y
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kyraleseberg
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Today's Dollar Tree book haul. I still can't believe I found Kent Haruf on that shelf 🎉

Wife #DollarTree I know! Right? Now I have to force myself to keep driving when I pass one. I've had some good luck too! 3y
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LauraBeth
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I need to ask the husband to go to the library for me 😀 @saresmoore Benediction is in!

saresmoore 🙌 I don't have a good reason like you do, but asking the husband to pick up holds is a great idea! 😁 3y
LauraBeth @saresmoore I'm excited that your recommendation, Benediction, is in! 3y
saresmoore @LauraBeth It's so beautiful & soul-soothing. I hope it hits the spot (just maybe not too hard). 3y
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TheKidUpstairs Cork Dork is a fantastic title. I want to read it based solely on that! 3y
Cinfhen Gotta love your library 📚 they are on point 🎯🎯🎯 3y
BB1958 My guess is you will appreciate this book for its candor about its subject. I enjoyed it and hope you will too 3y
Sassy_Steph I loved the city baker's guide to country living!! Great book!! 3y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I do love my library. I'm home today so I'll be able to pick them up 😀 3y
LauraBeth @BB1958 I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it - knowing that, I'm sure I will too 3y
LauraBeth @Sassy_Steph It looks like it's so much fun 😀 3y
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saresmoore
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I want to share the spare paragraph that just stabbed me right in the heart, but I won't, because spoilers. Haruf creates moments so honest, so rich, so painful that I'm forced to pause even when I want to keep reading.

LeahBergen Is there ice in your wine? 😉 3y
saresmoore @LeahBergen Hahaha! That's how classy I am. 💁Just kidding, it's iced tea in a Mason jar because I'm channeling the small-town folks of Holt, CO. 😊 3y
LauraBeth Guess I'll have to read this too! @LeahBergen you made me wonder if maybe wine and tea could be mixed together - seems like it could be paired... 🤔or maybe this is already a thing in Brooklyn or some other hipsterville and I'm not aware of it. So basically, we could open a fancy bar in Brooklyn, mix wine with tea, serve out of mason jars and be gazillionaires 😀 3y
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saresmoore @LauraBeth I'm so in. We could come up with some other Southern-hipster mashup cocktails and appetizers, like Paleo fried pickles (locally grown and fermented, dredged in almond flour). 3y
LauraBeth Brilliant! @MicheleinPhilly's Pickles will be on the bar signage. Pickles and Twine 3y
MicheleinPhilly @LauraBeth I approve of this plan! 3y
saresmoore @LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😂 Branding genius! 3y
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saresmoore
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Chores are done, children are happy, dinner is cooking. This book is rich and soothing, much like the Malbec pictured. 🍷 I plan to read everything Haruf has written.

Suet624 Good idea. And welcome home. 3y
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you! That was a tough trip, but I'm so glad I went to support family. 3y
Suet624 @saresmoore 🌹🌹💕 3y
shawnmooney Welcome home! I too want the devour Haruf's every word! ❤ 3y
saresmoore @shawnmooney Thank you! ♥️ This book introduces a new character and his cancer prognosis within the first few, spare sentences. Haruf's all compassion and no fluff. I'm continually impressed. 3y
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saresmoore
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"He's married... He can still be good-looking."

I have never read an author who writes so deftly about the mundane as Haruf. You can look for his judgment or opinions, but all you'll find is his observations and contemplation.

@Eamann You were right about this series getting even better.

Ericmanciniwriter Oh wow you're already on Benediction! What about when one of the ranchers died in Eventide? Waterworks over here 3y
saresmoore @Eamann Eventide tore me up! I was dealing with some grief of my own, so it was in turns painful and soothing & I didn't want to share any of it. Ha! I haven't even figured out how to review it yet. 3y
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Ericmanciniwriter
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Every Haruf book I read is better than the last. His stories are like mediation in an age of distraction, filled with simple scenes and true emotions. Unfortunately they can also cause deep, aching sadness, as represented by my special effects above. Keep tissues handy with this one, people. Rating: 4 monkeys 🙉🙉🙉🙉

mauveandrosysky Sold! Great review. 3y
Ericmanciniwriter @mauveandrosysky thanks- if you're new to Haruf then Plainsong might be the best place to start 3y
BethFishReads I cried when he died. 3y
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BethFishReads I mean The author Haruf -- no spoilers to the book 3y
Ericmanciniwriter @BethFishReads good clarification! 3y
acorter These books are next on the stack! 3y
acorter @Eamann Wow! You were right, brother. Just finished this one today. 3y
Ericmanciniwriter @acorter wow thanks for following up - I'm glad you like it. I'm reading Eventide now 3y
acorter @Eamann Eventide is also a great one. I have not read Our Souls at Night yet but I have read the rest of his books and you literally can't go wrong! 3y
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Ericmanciniwriter
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Still life: rainy street, cozy coffee shop, lamp, notebook

BethFishReads 💗💕 these books 3y
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Ericmanciniwriter
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Like a lot of people, I am overwhelmed with the barrage of anxiety-inducing information that gets thrown at us each election cycle. Then I pick up this book, which is calm, clear as a bell, and filled with the warmest, simplest kind of family love. I am so grateful for books.

LitHousewife Sounds like something I need! 3y
BethFishReads I soooooo love these books 3y
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