Our Souls at Night: A novel

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Soon to be a Netflix film starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better--their pleasures and their difficulties--a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

A Best Book of the Year 
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post
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About the author

KENT HARUF is the author of five previous novels (and, with the photographer Peter Brown, West of Last Chance). His honors include a Whiting Foundation Writers’ Award, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, the Wallace Stegner Award, and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation; he was also a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award. He died in November 2014, at the age of seventy-one. 

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Published on
May 26, 2015
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Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / General
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Et lavmælt litterært mesterværk fra prisbelønnet amerikansk forfatter. En vidunderlig og bevægende historie om kærlighed og venskab og om at turde gribe lykken.

Addie er enke og bor alene i sit store hus. Børnene er for længst flyttet hjemmefra, og nætterne er lange og ensomme, når man ikke har nogen at tale med. En dag aflægger hun sin nabo, enkemanden Louis, et uventet besøg. Efter den første forbløffelse pakker han sin tandbørste og sin pyjamas, og fra den dag sover Louis hos Addie. Det bliver begyndelsen på et stille eventyr om venskab og kærlighed og om at holde fast i de ting, der betyder noget i livet. Med Vores sjæle om natten introduceres Kent Haruf (1943-2014) for første gang på dansk. Han har modtaget et væld af internationale priser for sine romaner og regnes i dag for en af de helt store forfattere i amerikansk litteratur.

Pressen skriver:

»Det er en svær stil, den konsekvent underspillede. Men Haruf leverer som i sine foregående romaner varen som hverdagens stoiske kronikør, samtidig med at han sætter en fed streg under kærligheden. Det er gammeldags amerikansk romankunst.«
– Morten Scholz, Weekendavisen

»Jeg er vild med den.«
***** – Claus Christian Koch, Fyns Stiftstidende

»Vores sjæle om natten handler om livet og døden, om at være bange for ikke at have levet, før man dør [...] Om at finde lykken, men også om at være i klemme mellem lykken og pligten, familien og sig selv. Den er stilfærdig og ren, varm og sørgelig.«
****** – Ulla Hinge Thomsen, bogliv.dk

»En sand perle om stille eksistenser og modet til at træffe livsændrende valg selv sent i livet. Kent Haruf er en brillant fortæller [...] Der er en underliggende alvor som blødes op med fortræffelig humor og vidunderlige rappe replikker.«
– Pia Bechmann, Litteratursiden.dk

»Vores sjæle om natten er en hjertevarm bog, hvor små ting i hverdagen får en helt ny betydning. [...] en kort roman fyldt med humor og kærlighed.«
– Annette Nygaard, Dagbladet Ringkøbing-Skjern

From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado.

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him; her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them. Next door, a young girl named Alice moves in with her grandmother and contends with the painful memories that Dad's condition stirs up of her own mother's death. Meanwhile, the town’s newly arrived preacher attempts to mend his strained relationships with his wife and teenaged son, a task that proves all the more challenging when he faces the disdain of his congregation after offering more than they are accustomed to getting on a Sunday morning. And throughout, an elderly widow and her middle-aged daughter do everything they can to ease the pain of their friends and neighbors.

Despite the travails that each of these families faces, together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times.  Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. Here Kent Haruf gives us his most indelible portrait yet of this small town and reveals, with grace and insight, the compassion, the suffering and, above all, the humanity of its inhabitants.
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