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Thursday Review: Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf | Ray Noyes

Our souls

Here’s something to soften your heart and restore any hope that Covid19 may have dampened.

Kent Haruf, an American author, won great success and admiration for his novels and his style of writing. Economical, delicate and sensitive, it reminds me of Hemingway. He wrote it just before his death in 2014 and it deals with the end of our days.

Two old folk, one a widow and the other a widower, are close neighbours and admit they are lonely. They embrace their shared problem by spending the nights together, lying innocently alongside each other speaking of their life experience. The woman’s young grandson appears on he scene due to his parents splitting up and he, together with his dog, give new life to the old folk. Not all is plain sailing, but all comes right in the end.
It’s one of those rare books that one closes reluctantly with a sigh.

Our Souls at Night is available on Amazon

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