Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
3 words: hushed, understated, heartfelt
This book has popped up on lots of the Best of 2015 lists, and there’s a reason for that.
Kent Haruf was one amazing writer.
He’s long been one of my favorite authors (may he rest in peace; doggone it, guys — no more dying, all right?) because his books combine that wonderful Western stoicism with some seriously heartfelt storytelling. It’s a blend I just can’t resist.
This beautiful little book (under 300 pages) begins with a bang: a widow approaches a long-time neighbor (a widower) and asks him a question. And through his actions, he says yes.
And then their small Western town’s gossip mill kicks it into high gear.
A story of acquaintance that develops into friendship that develops into love.
And Haruf tells the story so quietly, so sedately — even when the stakes are high.
A lovely little novel that packs a serious emotional punch. You really can’t beat that.