Our Souls at Night

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'Absolutely beautiful' The Times 'Luminous' Ursula K Le Guin, Guardian 'I loved Our Souls at Night' David Nicholls Addie Moore's husband died years ago, so did Louis Waters' wife, and, as neighbours in Holt, Colorado they have naturally long been aware of each other. With their children now far away both live alone in houses empty of family. The nights are terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk to. Then one evening Addie pays Louis an unexpected visit. Their brave adventures-their pleasures and their difficulties-form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night. Kent Haruf's final novel is an exquisite and moving story about love and growing old with grace. It is a lasting tribute to the extraordinary author who wrote it.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 205 x 20mm | 255g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1447299353
  • 9781447299356
  • 9,914

About Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf is the author of six novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honours 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. Benediction was shortlisted for the Folio Prize. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one.show more

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My major literary discovery of this year has been Kent Haruf. I devoured his Plainsong trilogy and adored Our Souls at Night. His style is lean and spare, without sacrificing any emotional impact. -- Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us 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 Simple, low-key and absolutely beautiful. The 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 I loved Kent Haruf's small-town love story -- David Nicholls 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 The prose is precise and calm but the emotional strength is overwhelming -- Mark Damazer New Statesman So winning in its pared-down portrait of two old souls, reviving each other through love Independentshow more

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