Our Souls at Night (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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Haruf takes us on one last trip to Holt, Colorado for the poignant, gently courageous story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters. When Addie proposes a rather shocking solution for the loneliness of her life, a startled Louis decides to go along with it, and their lives are never the same. The openness and resilience of these older people is in marked contrast to the closed off way their children approach life. Simple things provide great joy, and I found myself cheering for these two all the way along. Inspiring and lovely. Thank you Kent Haruf for this final gift.

— Anne K. McMahon

"Haruf takes us on one last trip to Holt, Colorado for the poignant, gently courageous story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters. When Addie proposes a rather shocking solution for the loneliness of her life, a startled Louis decides to go along with it, and their lives are never the same. The openness and resilience of these older people is in marked contrast to the closed off way their children approach life. Simple things provide great joy, and I found myself cheering for these two all the way along. Inspiring and lovely. Thank you Kent Haruf for this final gift." --Anne

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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.

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: 9781101911921
ISBN-10: 1101911921
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries