Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Book Review – 5 star rating
Addie Moore, a woman in her 70’s, pay her neighbor, Louis Waters, a visit. They’ve both been alone for many years as their spouses are deceased and Addie tells Louis that she’s lonely. Instead of asking him to go for coffee, she surprisingly tells him that the nights are the loneliest time for her and she has an interesting proposal for him. She wants him to spend nights with her, in her bed, talking and easing each other’s loneliness. No sex expected or really desired, just companionship through the lonely nights. They don’t really know each other very well but Louis accepts, since he also found the nights to be lonely.
What was most surprising about this short novel certainly wasn’t Addie’s proposal. What was so very surprising was the negative reaction of their neighbors and their grown children. How very nice it was that Addie and Louis had found each other after so many years alone. No one objects when young people find love and companionship. Just because people grow older doesn’t mean they can’t find happiness. It was infuriating to me to see others trying to interfere with what Addie and Louis had. Why do people have to be so small minded? Maybe Addie and Louis didn’t go about it in the “traditional” manner but that was their business.
This is a beautifully written book about love in the golden years. I’ve never read this author before and am saddened to read that he has passed away and this was his last book. I’ll be looking into reading his other books. What I’m very excited to learn is that this book will be made into a movie in 2017 starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.