Night-time read

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf, €5.50 If you watch Net­flix you may have seen this star­ring Jane Fonda and Robert Red­ford. If you can re­sist, how­ever, go to the book first, to sam­ple the beau­ti­fully writ­ten story of two 70-some­things, a wi­dow and wid­ower, dis­cov­er­ing new ways of kick­ing con­ven­tion, while find­ing a so­lu­tion to the lone­li­ness that can hit men and women at that stage of life when left alone in their empty homes. Set in Holt, Col­orado, Ad­die Moore pays an un­ex­pected visit to a neigh­bour, Louis Wa­ters, whom she barely knew and pro­poses to him that he visit her each night to sleep with her pla­ton­i­cally, as that is the time when lone­li­ness hits most. Their brave ad­ven­tures — their plea­sures and dif­fi­cul­ties, in­clud­ing deal­ing with judg­men­tal out­bursts from fam­ily and com­mu­nity — would surely res­onate with read­ers of all ages.

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