Our Souls at Night (Hardcover)

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Sadly, Kent Haruf passed away shortly after completing his exquisite final novel, Our Souls at Night. This absorbing novel opens as 70 something widow, Addie Moore walks down the block of her small town to make a proposal to Louis Waters, also in his seventies and windowed, namely if he would consider coming to her house sometimes to sleep with her. She assures him it is not about sex but about companionship. Ursula Le Guin describes Haruf as "... stunningly original...He talks quietly, intimately, yet with reserve, as one adult to another." Our Souls at Night is a careful meditation, not without drama, upon the meaning of human companionship and the sometimes conflicting family ties. Fortunately Haruf leaves a treasury of work including Plainsong, Benediction, Eventide, Where You Once Belonged, and The Ties That Bind, all fine and thoughtful novels each of which I can heartily recommend.

— Bobby

June 2015 Indie Next List


“In his final novel, Haruf once again casts an aura of spiritual resonance over the small town of Holt, Colorado. When an elderly woman proposes to her equally old male neighbor that they spend their nights together in conversation, chastely, yet sharing her bed in slumber, the talk among townsfolk begins to stir. Neither Addie Moore nor Louis Waters will allow slurred observations to impact what, for them, has become a blessing encompassing memories and the comfort of having the warmth of another body close on cold and lonely nights. Matters take a dramatic turn, however, with the arrival of Addie's grandson, Jamie. His presence in the ongoing arrangement brings the inevitable question of moral behavior to the surface. As in a minister's benediction, Haruf extends a wise and compassionate resolution to this story, the quintessence of his life's work.”
— Mark Ingraham, Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR

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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.

About the Author


KENT HARUF is the author of five previous novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers' Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101875896
ISBN-10: 1101875895
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 192
Language: English