I received an immensely warm welcome from all of the Ross family when I visited Minneapolis a few weekends ago, and of course from Emily’s fiance Dustin as well. Mary’s husband Neal gave me two wonderful gifts: an exceptional bottle of red wine that we shared at dinner, and the book Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. The book is about love and aging and second chances and loss, and it’s quite an extraordinary read. I’m always deeply touched when a friend finds just the right book for me and goes to the trouble of actually putting the book in my hands. I read Our Souls at Night in one sitting, and now I’m moved to read the rest of the series, five more novels set in the same small town of Holt, Colorado.
The book is brave and hopeful and real — most interesting, or perhaps most likely to be appreciated and understood, by readers of a certain age. There are, when tackling a story such as this one, benefits to reading from the perspective of years, with the wisdom of age.