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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Kent Haruf (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Our Souls at Night is simply perfect.

I've read quite a few five-star books, but very few “perfect” books. By perfect, I mean beautifully written and well-plotted, a book that has the power to pull me in to the story completely, and one that says something so personal that it feels like the author wrote it for me. Our Souls at Night is a perfect book. I've loved Kent Haruf's Holt trilogy, especially Benediction, and he has written a most marvelous final book. Perhaps I found it so moving because it is his final book, and as an author facing the end of life, Haruf has given the reader the gift of knowing exactly what needs to be said and saying it simply and eloquently.

I read several reviews while anxiously awaiting the publication of this book, so I expected the quiet and direct wonder of a personal novel about the search for happiness and the everyday. I was rewarded perfectly, profoundly, and more than amply.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 12-22-15

Performance Makes The Story Near Perfect

Our Souls At Night is a very nice story about loneliness, compassion, and friendship. Neighbours in a small town who've both lost their spouses decide to sleep together at night, to avoid loneliness. Their relationship starts quite the gossip buzz in the their small town, and her son isn't keen on the idea of mom having a boyfriend- especially when her son dumps off his child from Grandma to take care of for a few months.

The short novel talks about the things that people do indeed face later in life. The feeling of being all alone, the worries of your children not approving of dating after the death of their parent, the unfairness of retirees having to take care of their grandchildren when their own children don't have enough responsibility to do so- all of these things are real. They happen every day. Haruf somehow tells the story of these types of things, and yet makes it beautiful- like it's a part of life that is supposed to be hurdled and dealt with in a natural sort of way.

Mark Bramhall, the narrator, couldn't be more perfect for this novel. His voice brings the short story to life, and it touches our hearts and makes us think.. 'What if this happens to me?'

Lovely book.

4 all around stars

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Make Somebody Happy Today & Mind Your Own Business


"Make somebody happy today and mind your own business." Ann Landers

What a golden, enriching novel in which Haruf takes a tender look at friendship and romantic companionship late in life, as he masterfully brings together a widow and widower to show how the older among us can still find love if they open up to the possibility.

“Who would have thought at this time in our lives that we’d still have something like this. That it turns out we’re not finished with changes and excitements. And not all dried up in body and spirit.” Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night

And then how the people around them can be so petty and puritanical and miserable. In this way, this short novel is rather heartbreaking.


"Puritanism -- the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H.L. Mencken

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  • Marsha
  • United States
  • 12-22-15

A Timely and Piercing Reflection on Aging

As a single senior citizen aging in place, the topic was very compelling and touching. The writing was crisp and the story wasn't over worked. I give it a 4.9 only because I wanted a definitive happy ending tied in a neat pretty bow!

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Intimate and Thoughtful!

This is low-key, evocative short novel about the pursuit of happiness, second chances and perhaps most importantly about our need for companionship and intimacy.

Louis and Addie are both widowed, lonely and in their twilight of their lives.
So Addie visits Louis one night and comes up with a rather unique proposition:

You are probably wonder what I'm doing here, she said.
Well, I didn't think you came to tell me that my house looks nice.
No.
I want to suggest something to you.
Oh?
Yes, I kind of proposal.
Okay.
Not marriage, she said.
I didn't think that either.
I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me.
What? How do you mean?
I mean we are both alone. We've been by ourselves for too long.
For years.
I am lonely.
I think you might be too.
I wonder if you would come and sleep with me in the night with me.
And talk.


After a very short consideration, Louis accepts Addie's proposition and so it begins their journey to chase what most probably is their last chance at achieving happiness and fulfillment in their lives.

That Mr. Haruf wrote this last novel, published posthumously, while he was dying, makes this book all the more remarkable.

Louis and Addie are both wonderful and noble characters and through it all your are rooting for them. It seems that through them the author was trying to remind us of the little things that really matter in life.

The outdoor scenes are wonderful and encouraged me to go outside, to enjoy and connect with nature again, something that many of us city folk frequently forget to do.

This story felt authentic, special and pure.

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Endings are lacking

The endings to all his books written with Holt have endings that are not satisfying. Even he wanted to bring the feeling that life goes on and another day happens, I get the feeling he dropped his pencil on the ground and didn't want to pick it up. Other than that I enjoyed his books . I recommend them - reading them in the right order seemed best.

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Well written and touching

Sweet, touching story of friendship in later years. A good listen. Well written and enjoyable.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Yearning

Fresh premise, just tart enough to keep from being sentimental. Haruf evokes the simple and extraordinary lives of two aging people, their unexpected encounter with intimacy. I loved this book and am sorry there will no more.

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enchanting

I'm such a fan of the late Kent Haruf, I wish he could have lived to write many, many more books! His protagonists are simply decent people, funny, and honestly dealing with the interesting situations the author hands them, and I like them all very, very much. The writing here feels effortless, as light as air....this author just makes magic on the page! This story about two old neighbors, widow and widower, who decide to sleep in the same bed at night, just for the company, is funny and not funny, and we should all have something so lovely in our sunset years. It's short and perfect, don't miss it.

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Poignant, loving and heartbreaking

I read a review in The New Yorker that compelled me to buy and download this short novel. I enjoyed this novel immensely even though my heart broke. Well written and well read.

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  • Imogen Papworth
  • 11-16-17

Beautiful and enduring

As a recently popular book club novel, 'Our Souls at Night' has received a lot of interest of late not least because of the film tie-in version. It is a touching and thought-provoking tale of love found in the later stages of life. Louis and Addie live only a stone's throw away from each other on the outskirts of small-town Colorado. Aware of her loneliness, Addie seeks companionship from widower Louis. As their relationship slowly develops, the pair face harsh criticism and judgement from gossiping neighbours and even their families - threatening their now essential relationship. Can this be overcome, or will they succumb to the pressure and break the bond that they have formed?

Whilst listening to this wonderfully narrated edition, my preconceptions of romance in the later years of life were challenged in the most subtle and poignant ways. What is also striking about this re-imagined boy meets girl story is that it was the author's last. Kent Haruf passed away only a week after his publisher received this swansong, and the story is all the more powerful for it.

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  • MJA
  • 09-29-18

Delightful

Delightful. Plenty to discuss with the ladies in bookclub. The narrator had a particularly charming voice. Bravo, great choice .

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  • AACCEOB
  • 05-09-18

Lovely book , well worth listening to, narrator is excellent

I read this book when I read a review of it by Jacqueline Wilson who said she had reread it .

I loved the story which is about an older couple , neighbours falling in love and how they brought happiness to a sad little boy .

I was just a little disappointed in the ending .
I would have liked to see Addie stick to her guns .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-16

Perfect. Just Perfect.

Beautiful sparse prose that starts off with a strange premise of two older widowed people deciding to spend their nights lying in the same bed talking about their lives. Of course, this doesn't sound like an immediately compelling story-line, but it quickly becomes a narrative that you want to follow and you care deeply about the characters. The story casts a wonderful hypnotic spell laced with melancholy. It is also life affirming. An utterly, utterly beautiful book that deserves to be more widely read. The narrator's delivery also perfectly enhances the quietly unfolding story and I am so glad that I listened to the audio-version.

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  • Mrs R.
  • 01-30-16

Like sitting in a warm bath

A simple, slow detailed story of two people at the end of their lives. Full of warmth and delight.
Mark Bramhall's voice and delivery is perfect. Loved it!
If you want action, intrigue and detailed plot this is not for you.

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  • julie
  • 08-25-16

Souls at night

Amazing I can identify with both characters and felt that they were so honest and with the sunset of their lives looming they found joy in each other
Pity the son had no insight to that joy

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  • michael padden
  • 12-31-17

Tender story

This is a Beautifully written and narrated story. A real treat! I am so glad I found it as it has made a difference to my world views.

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  • Ruxandra Macfarlane
  • 02-15-17

Made me a better person

One of the most heart warming book. Delightful, simple story but so rich in wisdom, deep. If more people will read this we will be more kind to each other.

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  • Roslyn
  • 10-23-16

Love over 70

This was a very touching poignant story and beautifully written. Very worth the read for anyone.