Our Souls at Night: A novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 26, 2015 - Fiction - 192 pages
A Best Book of the Year 
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post

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, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better--their pleasures and their difficulties--a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - www.librarything.com

This was a 4 star book until the last 30 pages. It's a wonderfully crafted, simple story about two older people. It reminded me of Anne Tylers' books that take something everyday and turn it into an enjoyable story. Read full review

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This is a short and simple story, written in Haruf's characteristic spare prose. He makes his points through the actions of his characters, rather than dwelling on their thoughts and feelings, but the ... Read full review

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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. 

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