You may remember Mr. Haruf who passed away in November, 2014. He was one of the Book Bin's favorite authors, beginning all those years ago with Plainsong followed by Eventide and Benediction. If you have read them, it may be time to re-read them. If you haven't, we recommend them. Our Souls at Night is Mr. Haruf's final book. As in his earlier books, this is quietly beautiful. You will grow to know and love each character. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down until you have read every word. We heard an announcement that this is in post-production as a Netflix original show featuring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.— Alli
June 2015 Indie Next List
“In his final novel, Haruf once again casts an aura of spiritual resonance over the small town of Holt, Colorado. When an elderly woman proposes to her equally old male neighbor that they spend their nights together in conversation, chastely, yet sharing her bed in slumber, the talk among townsfolk begins to stir. Neither Addie Moore nor Louis Waters will allow slurred observations to impact what, for them, has become a blessing encompassing memories and the comfort of having the warmth of another body close on cold and lonely nights. Matters take a dramatic turn, however, with the arrival of Addie's grandson, Jamie. His presence in the ongoing arrangement brings the inevitable question of moral behavior to the surface. As in a minister's benediction, Haruf extends a wise and compassionate resolution to this story, the quintessence of his life's work.”
— Mark Ingraham, Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR
Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to her neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have long been aware of each other, if not exactly friends; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter, Holly, lives hours away in Colorado Springs; her son, Gene, even farther away in Grand Junction. What Addie has come to ask -- since she and Louis have been living alone for so long in houses now empty of family, and the nights are so terribly lonely -- is whether he might be willing to spend them with her, in her bed, so they can have someone to talk with.