Our Souls At Night

By Kent Haruf


179 pages

What’s it about?
This is a love story set in a small Western town.   Two elderly, lonely people make a conscious decision to spend time together at night, when they are the most alone.

What did I think?
I really like Kent Haruf’s writing style.  It is sparse and economical, yet he always conveys great depth.  This was his last novel before he died.   I loved “Plainsong”.   This last book is almost like reading a lengthy version of a short story.

Should you read it?
I am a sucker for a good love story!

“What are you doing back here?  Addie said.

I thought it would be less likely for people to see me.

I don’t care about that.  They’ll know.  Someone will see.  Come by the front door out on the front sidewalk.  I made up my mind I’m not going to pay attention to what people think.  I’ve done that too long- all my life.  I’m not going to live that way anymore.  The alley makes it seem we’re doing something wrong or something disgraceful, to be ashamed of. “

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