Title Profile & Character Information

Benediction

Annotation
Haruf made his name with the heartfelt Plainsong, a best seller and a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. The subsequent Eventide, also a best seller, revisited Plainsongs setting, high-plains Holt, CO. Haruf again returns to Holt but with a new cast, among them Dad Lewis, dying of cancer and comforted by his wife and daughter though still estranged from his son. Then theres the little girl mourning her mother and a new preacher struggling with both his family and his congregation. Bittersweet charm and a big, big tour.

Characters
NameLewis, Dad
GenderMale
OccupationHardware store proprietor
TraitsMarried
Father
Cancer patient

NameLewis, Mary
GenderFemale
TraitsMarried
Mother

NameLewis, Lorraine
GenderFemale

NameAlice
GenderGirl

GenreFiction
Domestic
TopicsCancer patients
Terminal illness
Family relationships
Death and dying
Neighbors
Estranged families
Grief
Emotional healing
Emotional support
Friendship
Preachers
Widows
Small town life
Bigotry
Community life
SettingColorado