“I wonder if you would come and sleep in the night with me. And talk.”

Would you say yes? What if you were a 7-year-old widower being asked this by your neighbour? Addie Moore and Louis Waters live next door to each other, but never really had much contact, until Addie comes out with her proposal. Her idea my sounds weird, but don’t we all need the warmth of someone sometimes?

“I think I could sleep again if there were someone else in bed with me.”

You may think this is just the a story about two people meeting up at night and telling each other their lives. But soon Jamie, Addie’s, grandson moves in for a little while. First they were there for each other, but suddenly they can make a difference for Jamie: He learns to play ball, he does the garden with Louis and gets over his night terrors.

Maybe it is about two people meeting every night to sleep, maybe it is about “growing old with grace” but to me it is about showing how much each person has to give, and finding the best in people at any stage of their life.

Our Souls At Night, by Kent Haruf

First published 2015

ISBN 978-1-4472-9937-0

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