In typical Haruf fashion, this book is stocked with well rendered characters. However, for whatever reason I did not get pulled in the way I did with the people that filled the pages of Plainsong and Eventide.
The writing is great and the pacing is tight but at the end I simply turned the page and said that was nice. Haruf's work and his characters usually linger in my mind and make me ponder their fate for days.
Benidiction did not speak to me on that level, but still a worthwhile read.