In Benediction Kent Haruf has given us another spare, unforgettable story of small town America. In his earlier novels, Plainsong andEventide, both set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, Haruf created a town and people that live ordinary lives but resonate with the reader for years. Anyone who read Plainsong will never forget the brothers and in Benediction Haruf has given us Dad Lewis, who while living his last days recollects the good and bad of his life. There is a subplot involving a minister struggling with his faith that further deepens the story. Haruf's prose is so simple, so clean and clear that I felt totally present in Dad's last days. This is a book to treasure.