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My book review: Our Souls at Night

My book review: Our Souls at Night

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

This is a quick read, but don’t let that fool you–the seemingly simple writing contains layers of meaning. Meet elderly widow Addie Moore, and her aging widower neighbor, Louis Waters. The two have never known each other, but, because she’s lonely, Addie asks if Louis is interested in sleeping with her. And I have to quote this line from Amazon.com: this book “is no¬†50 Shades of Geriatric Grey.” Addie just wants company. This is considered scandalous in their small town, and they have to deal with gossips, as well as family disapproval. But their friendship blooms into something beautiful.

My issue with this book is the believability factor. First of all, it’s quite a leap for me to believe that Addie would so boldly approach Louis. Secondly, does the town really care that much? Would their adult children be so against it? Eh, I don’t know if I buy it. But, because the story flows so well, I go along with it. Their relationship swells and flows like a gentle river, making subtle points about aging and death, families and dogs.

I absolutely hated the ending, however. On my second reading I adjusted to it a little better.

Coming soon to Netflix

I’m looking forward to the Netflix film, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.


I love the music in the trailer–it’s perfect. “Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James.


Have you read Our Souls at Night? What did you think?


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