#bookreview – Our Souls at Night – by Kent Haruf

A short novel that speaks to the human need for companionship, regardless of age. A sweet story that struck me as a bit lightweight. Awarded three stars on Goodreads.

souls70 years old widow Addie Moore takes a risk when she approaches neighborhood widower, Louis Moore, and asks him to spend nights with her. No sex, just talking. What develops is a deep friendship, that survives gossipy neighbors, judgemental adult children, and even a few health issues. Together, Addie and Louis even provide a safe refuge for Addie’s grandson when the boy’s parents separate one summer.

The book is written without quotation marks – so it’s up to each reader to figure out which sentences are dialog and which narration. This was a little annoying to me. I also found the ending a bit unsatisfying – though realistic. I wish Haruf had offered me more – though I’m not sure what that would be.

Already made into a movie in 2017 with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Watch the Trailer.

 

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