Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Kent Haruf’s last novel, published one year after his death in 2014, is like a story told in a whisper at the bedside. His literary voice grew out of the farming and small-town culture of the Great Plains, where minor violations of social structure and mores keep things lively. In this slight and gentle evening narrative, Addie Moore and Louis Waters, neighbors in their seventies, find companionship and comfort in a quiet and untraditional relationship. There is understated revolution in Haruf’s books: expectations violated slightly, propriety disregarded politely, in favor of a hand to hold.