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
Interested in psychology, business, and contemporary novels.
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.
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.
"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.
"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?'
4 all around stars
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.
"Well written and touching"
Sweet, touching story of friendship in later years. A good listen. Well written and enjoyable.
"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.
"Spending time in Holt, Colorado, one more time"
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook. The reader gave meaningful voice to each character. I fell in love with Kent Haruf's compassionate characters.
I liked that Addie and Louis lived their lives thoughtfully and showed tenderness to the most vulnerable creatures among us: older people, children, and animals.
"Beautiful!, Great Narrator"
When Louis and Addie went to the National Forest in Holt County. A perfect day!
There are no words to sum my reaction to Our Souls at Night, just immense FEELINGS! One word though, BEAUTIFUL.
Everyone, young, old and in between should read or listen to Our Souls at Night..
First book from this author for me. Loved the story. Well written & narrated. Will be reading other books written by this author.
"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.
I want to suggest something to you.
Yes, I kind of proposal.
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.
I am lonely.
I think you might be too.
I wonder if you would come and sleep with me in the night with me.
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.
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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