Couple shares bed, souls _lowres

'Our Souls at Night' by Kent Haruf

“Our Souls at Night” by Kent Haruf; Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. $24

Addie Moore, a lonely widow living in a small town, proposes an unconventional arrangement to her widower neighbor, Louis Waters: She asks Louis to spend nights in her home, and her bed, not for sexual intimacy, but to fill the silence and emptiness that nighttime brings.

Louis, initially hesitant, agrees.

What follows is a lovely narrative of two elderly people, in the darkness of the night, discussing their lives — their ups and downs; their successes, failures and regrets; and the happiness and sadness one experiences in life.

Their relationship is tested and challenged, and it grows beyond Addie’s initial proposal with friends, family and neighbors voicing their disapproval.

A simply beautiful short novel. Truly, this is one of those books that you do not want to end.

— Laura Acosta, Baton Rouge