Our Souls at Night – by Kent Haruf – independent book review – Fiction

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s