Our Souls at Night (Paperback)
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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 05/05/2016
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Centred on the growing bond between an elderly couple,the great Kent Haruf’s final novel is a tender, beautifully judged tale of human connections made in the twilight of life.       

This is a love story. 

A story about growing old with grace.

Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Now they both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit.

Their brave adventures form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf's exquisite final novel.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447299370
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 13 mm


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'The language is straightforward and stripped back, calm and unassuming. And it all combines to make a novel which, like Louis and Addie's relationship does for them, warms and expands the heart . . . the sentiment that lingers most, on finishing this beautiful, tranquil, tender novel, is contentment.' - Observer

'Simple, low-key and absolutely beautiful.' - The Times

'I loved Kent Haruf's small-town love story.' - David Nicholls

'To ring true, description of even the humblest kind of fulfilment and contentment must be written in awareness of human inadequacy and cruelty and the possibility of illness, ruin, death. One false word can make it all incredible. I don't think there's a false word in Kent Haruf's final novel, Our Souls in the Night . . . Many novels have been about the pursuit of happiness, but this one is luminous with its actual presence . . . Perhaps happiness is less predictable than misery, since it partakes of freedom. Like freedom, also, it's never secure; it can't be for ever. But it can be real, and in this beautiful novel, we can share it.' - Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian 

'So beautiful; quietly gripping, full of love, humour and gentle shocks. Our Souls at Night is a perfect tribute to a truly extraordinary writer.' - Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart

'A humane, deeply affecting final novel.' - Daily Mail 

'His great subject was the struggle of decency against small-mindedness, and his rare gift was to make sheer decency a moving subject . . . This novel runs on the dogged insistence that simple elements carry depths, and readers will find much to be grateful for.' - New York Times

'Gritty, painful and human . . . his novels are imbued with an affection and understanding that transform the most mundane details into poetry . . . Haruf's final novel is a beacon of hope; he is sorely missed.' - Francesca Wade, Financial Times 

'A delicate, sneakily devastating evocation of place and character . . . Haruf's story accumulates resonance through carefully chosen details; the novel is quiet but never complacent.' - New Yorker 

'Short, spare and moving . . . Our Souls at Night is already creating a stir.' - Wall Street Journal 

'An eloquent 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 future.' -  Red Magazine

'Utterly charming and distilled to elemental purity . . . such a tender, carefully polished work that it seems like a blessing we had no right to expect.' - Ron Charles, Washington Post 

'A novel full of kindness, open-heartedness and grace, of ordinary experiences and commonplace regret . . . unputdownable as a thriller - an unlikely page-turner full of quiet surprises . . . It's an astonishing piece of writing.' - Literary Review 

'In a fitting and gorgeous end to a body of work that prizes resilience above all else, Haruf has bequeathed readers a map charting a future that is neither easy nor painless, but it's also not something we have to bear alone.' - Esquire 

'If you haven't read Kent Haruf's wonderful backlist, now is the time to discover it. Or jump in at the end, with this novel; a graceful story . . . a melancholy reminder that happiness can be fragile.' - Psychologies Magazine

'Gripping and tender . . . a sweet love story, a deep friendship . . . with a stunning sense of all that's passed and the precious importance of the days that remain.' - Publishers Weekly 

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“Cannot recommend highly enough”

A story of simple truths simply told, this brilliant novel leaves a lasting impression. The final addition to a series of novels set in the fictional town of Holt in Colorado, it follows the blossoming friendship... More

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“Beautiful”

A book that you can read in one sitting. A charming novel about being old and finding love. The author has written it in a way that it feels like you knew the characters in the story beforehand. its just magical!

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“Definitively Great”

Haruf is an exceptional writer, first and foremost, although it took me about half of "Plainsong" to come to this conclusion, his writer seeps into the reader, it is rhythmic and beautiful and simple all at... More

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