Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

Book - 2015
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In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101911921
Branch Call Number: FICTION Haruf Kent 05/2015
Characteristics: 179 pages ;,21 cm


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JCLKariE Jun 10, 2017

In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.

JCLKariE Jun 03, 2016

Addie, a widow, invites her neighbor Louis, a widower, to share the nights together. Addie does not want to sleep alone anymore; she needs to talk and feel connected to someone again. A friendship blossoms and fills both of their lives with happiness. Haruf sets this story, like Plainsong, in his... Read More »

JCLStefanieE Mar 02, 2016

The story itself is one of loneliness, second chances, and generational differences. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about complex family relationships. I thought it was beautiful and thought-provoking.

JCLMELODYK Jun 26, 2015

Two old people reach out to each other and experience a peaceful happiness that is expanded by the arrival of a young child and a rescue dog. Pure, earthly joy is shared among this sweet family until the old woman's son interferes with his foolish morality.

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Jan 11, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LoganLib_Kim Jan 28, 2018

A quick and easy to read book about the lovely companionship between two elderly neighbours. It didn't require any thinking on my part which is great as I read in bed, just before falling asleep. T'was short and sweet!

Jan 03, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. There is also a movie on Netflix with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. For "us" Baby Boomers, what a beautiful Love Story (especially in the movie with Robert Redford :)). It's a lot of fun.

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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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