Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night

eBook - 2015
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A Best Book of the Year
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post

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.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101875902
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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List - 2017 Lackman Book Group
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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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.

Nov 01, 2017

I didn't feel connected to the widow or widower in this book. I thought they sounded too engineered. I didn't get a good sense of their loneliness. I felt it wasn't as honest or involving as other reviewers. However that being said it probably would make a better film then read especially with those two senior actors who are known to be skilled at their craft and in the past had good chemistry.

Oct 28, 2017

A deceptively simple novella set in Holt, CO which is the home to other books by Haruf. The evolving relationship between two aged neighbors is told in conversational form which reads very quickly. I was left rather saddened by this book as it has to go with loss in many forms - missed opportunities, the death of a child, the fail to follow one's dreams.

Oct 04, 2017

I was loving this book from the very beginning, telling so many people about it as I read on. Then when I got to the end, my jaw dropped and I said, "WHAT?????!!" What a disappointment!

With all that said, I have read some of this author's other books and I do enjoy his style of writing. Sadly he is no longer with us.

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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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