Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

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 in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures--their pleasures and their difficulties--are hugely involving and truly resonant, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101875896
Branch Call Number: FIC Haruf
Characteristics: 179 pages

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Tica77
Jan 19, 2020

I read this book in a couple of hours. It is the simple story of Addie and Louis, two long-time neighbors who hardly knew each other but whose empty lives are filled with joy in each other’s company. The plot is uncomplicated and yet is filled with simple truths about love, complicated parent-adult child relationships and loss. The author, however, shows how even in their seventies people can still find friendship and love if they open their hearts. It is also a story of an adult child not accepting his mother’s new-found relationship and withholding his love to manipulate her. A very quick read and an inspiring story.

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clocktower03
Dec 03, 2019

I love recommending OSAN to anyone looking for a well written love story. It focuses on two people who decide to date, fall in love, and the people that stand in their way. It's a short book that leaves a lasting impression. Beautiful.

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. People. An exquisite homage to finding love in life's final chapter.

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lrs1107
Dec 23, 2018

I read OUR SOULS AT NIGHT as the 6th and final of a Kent Haruf marathon, reading WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED, THE TIE THAT BINDS and The PLAINSONG Trilogy in quick succession. Having insight into the fact that OUR SOULS was Haruf's last novel, written while he dying of lung disease, made it a particularly poignant endeavor.
Haruf's writing style (e.g., lacking certain "normal" punctuation) might be off-putting to some readers, but his eloquent descriptive use of the written word is almost beyond compare.
Read OUR SOULS as the swan-song of a gifted writer who was silenced too soon.

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kathybibus
Nov 27, 2018

At first I had a hard time understanding the way the author wrote, but as I kept reading it became fluid to me. I loved how he brought out what can happen as we age, how children try and influence their ideas on parents whether good or bad and how parents must abide by the rules in order to have the "family" around them. I loved Louis/Addie/and Jamie and the bond they created along with Bonny. I was a bit surprised by the ending since I was expecting a different outcome, but loved it nonetheless.

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firefly5
Aug 30, 2018

This was a delightful story about two septegenarians whose spouses have both passed away. They are lonely and find pleasure in each others company. Together they care for, love and enjoy the 6 year old grandson of one of the couple. I loved that part of the story. Then the son of one of them becomes involved in the relationship. At that point I did not like the story quite so much. It seems so typical of some families where the children control the parents through withdrawal of love if the parent will not comply with the will of the child. I enjoyed the style of the writing and felt as though I knew the couple.

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MelyssaLynnKoopman
Aug 21, 2018

In an attempt to combat their loneliness, widowed neighbours, Addie and Louis, start spending their nights together. They learn more about each other's pasts, families and decisions in life. Together, they help look after Addie's young grandson, while her son deals with unexpected matters back home.
A charming book. It was like hearing someone's life story for the first time; both comforting and sad. While I don't particularly like this style of writing, it was an easy read. The ending felt a bit abrupt to me, but it was also realistic and suited the story.

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wyenotgo
Jun 22, 2018

This can only be the work of a man who has lived quite a bit and gotten over any youthful foolishness. It's about as down to earth as it can get. Some readers will see it as dull, flat, mundane. But colorless it certainly is not. I prefer to call it unadorned; as are Haruf's characters. There is no artifice here. What you see is what you get: ordinary people living their lives in the most honest way possible. No flights of fancy, ornate prose or artistic angst. I was left with no doubt whatsoever that these people are real.
I'm so sorry to discover this writer only now that he has passed. I must track down the rest of his work.

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empbee
Apr 08, 2018

Another moving, tender and sad story about old age, love and family. Simple ideas with gripping style.
Each book is interlinked in smaller or larger extent.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Two elderly neighbors, both widowed, decide to spend their lonely nights together.

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miinas
Aug 31, 2016

A lovely book of a story about an elderly woman who is lonely and asks a friend to join her in bed for companionship and physical contact. Her son does not like that his Mom is sharing a bed with an older man.

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