Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
Haruf is apparently a very well-known author. I have never heard of him, but I feel lucky to have stumbled on his last novel. A bitter-sweet story of romance in the last phase of life. It felt quiet and real. I ached for the characters and towards the end wished them well and that their journey was not over.
In the end, I found the format of the dialog, which had so offended me in the beginning, was one of the elements I enjoyed most about the story. It felt more like the characters were whispering, which added to the feel of the overall story. It enhanced it.
I highly recommend this tale. I think many people will connect with it and not just the older generations. It contains truth that we all can relate to.
Synopsis: In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better–their pleasures and their difficulties–a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.