Kent Haruf's Plainsong is a book I read long, long ago - as soon as it was published. I was pretty meh about the book, despite the fact that it received rave reviews. Now I am wondering if I should read it again. I am wondering if my thoughts on a book will have changed as I have grown and matured and had different life experiences.
I read Our Souls at Night today and loved it.
Although this is a slim book, there is plenty in these pages. Addie's husband died many years ago and she continues to live in a small Colorado town where the two spent their lives. One day she visits Louis, a man whose wife died years ago as well. The two have known each other as people in small towns do, sharing experiences and friends. Addie proposes that the two spend their nights together. Both are lonely and by spending their nights together they will have someone to talk to, someone that is there when the other option is being alone.
This is a beautiful novel with a story that will resonate with people who are aging, and even those who are not yet in that time period in their lives.