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This is Kent Haruf's final novel, written after he was given less than six months to live. Set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado, as was his previous trilogy of Plainsong, Eventide, and Benediction, Souls introduces us to Addie Moore and Louis Waters. In their seventies, both are widowed and alone, though friends for many years as people can be in small towns, living just one block apart. One evening Addie comes to Louis with a proposition. She says: "...we're both alone. We've been by ourselves for too long. For years. I'm lonely. I think you might be too. I wonder if you would come and sleep in the night with me. And talk." And so it begins. Though initially awkward, the two settle into a comfortable routine, trying to ignore the gossip that inevitably goes with small town life, but not really caring. With their new adventure comes a fragile happiness and newfound joy. As with all Haruf's books, this is a quiet story about ordinary people, attempting to live meaningful and honest lives. As always, his prose is plain and with not one misplaced word. From a man whose days are numbered comes this last look at human frailty and need and the beauty of connection.