Friday, 29 January 2016

"Our Souls at Night" by Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf is the author of "Benediction", "Eventide", "Plainsong", "The Tie That Binds". and "Where You Once Belonged".
I had never read his books, but this book was recommended to me.
It is a delightful little book. Only 179 pages and such a fascinating premise.
Addie Moore had been a widow for many years.  One day, she walked down the street and knocked on Louis' door.  Louis was a widower and Addie had known his wife. Louis invited her in, and Addie said that she wanted to suggest something.
  Hold on... Here it is.... Get ready...
Addie: "I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me".  (Only for comfort, nothing else!)
She needs companionship.  So does he!  The arrangement works out very well.  
It really is delightful the way they lay in bed, chatting about everything.  Mostly they talk about their lives, trying to put things into perspective- their successes and failures, their dreams and disappointments.
Then Addie's young grandson moves in.   When he has nightmares, he climbs in bed with Addie and Louis.  Whoops!
The next day Louis buys a dog for the grandson.
And then, this short, light novel ends with a dilemma.
Lovely short novel that deals with many issues that seniors face- loneliness, family disfunction.

Unfortunately, Kent died before this book was published.  He lived in Colorado and his books take place there.
I will certainly be checking out more of Kent Haruf's books.
No quotation marks, but I am going to have to get over fussing about that.
Lovely little book.

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