Our Souls at Night is a touching final book by the late novelist Kent Haruf. An elderly couple find new life in forging a relationship that overcomes the small town prejudices of assorted gossips and naysayers. As the book develops, we discover what their lives were like in their previous marriages.
In spending nights together, the two defy the small town moralists of Eastern Colorado, and find new joys in living and communicating with one another. They find the courage for this relationship in each other’s enjoyment of a new and honest way of living. Gradually they begin to understand what their lives might have been like, had they met at an earlier moment in time. Unfortunately, if somewhat inevitably, their relationship is something that their own children regard as being illicit and unconventional.
Most of the author’s previous books introduce a greater number of important protagonists. Because this book was written while the author was facing death, he most likely elected not to paint as complex a picture as his other books portray. However, the book is beautifully written, engrossing, and well worth reading for anyone with a taste for adult sujets. Regrettably, this is probably the last literary work we will see from an under-appreciated and critically acclaimed author.
Dick Weissman is a musician, composer, songwriter, record producer, performing and studio musician. He has played on hundreds of recording sessions, and has eight solo albums of his own music. His music has been used on NBC, BBC-TV, and on the Biography Channel. He is the author or co-author of twenty published books about music and the music business, and numerous music instructional folios.
This is a story of family. This family includes four generations of mostly females: mothers, daughters, sisters, and cousins. The two Hempstead sisters led a wonderful society-filled lifestyle including summers at Lake Waseka. This idyllic place [...]
A traumatic loss can drive people to try and find some way to escape from their pain. After her brother’s death, Jeannie abandons her torn innocence with sex and drugs to dull her loss. Her father walks away from his family, unable to face the [...]
Tortured characters are the name of the game in this part-murder mystery, part-human exploration called Girl in Snow. Characters alternate in each chapter as the reader meets Cameron, Jade and Russ. Cameron and Jade attend the same high school [...]