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  • Writer's pictureGaili Schoen

Our Souls at Night

I recently listened to and read Our Souls at Night about an older couple who fall in love in their 70s. I enjoyed it and also felt frustrated at the meddlesome children who try to sabotage the relationship. Here is the summary from Kirkus Reviews:

"Here’s how it opens: 'And then there was the day when Addie Moore made a call on Louis Waters.' Addie is 70, a widow, and she was close with Louis’ late wife. She and Louis don’t really know each other that well, other than as nodding acquaintances, but she has a novel proposition: she wants him to sleep with her. Not to have sexual relations, but just to have someone with whom she can talk and share and make it through the night. He appreciates the risk she's taken in making the request, and he agrees, though on their first night he's filled with thoughts of 'How strange this is. How new it is to be here. How uncertain I feel, and sort of nervous.' Word gets out, and those who will gossip do, assuming the salacious details. Addie and Louis both have adult children who aren’t enthusiastic about the arrangement. And they each have a back story about the sorts of disappointments and perseverance that mark any longstanding marriage. Through Addie’s initiative, she and Louis find an emotional intimacy beyond anything either has previously known, and both come to recognize that they 'deserve to be happy,' no matter what friends and family think."

Addie and Louis are likable characters who find solace in each other's company, later in life. Our Souls at Night was a cautionary tale about not letting your adult children take over your life while you still have one!


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