In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbour, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with.
Addie Moore was feeling lonely in her life as her husband had passed away years ago and her son had moved away to another state to start his own family. So, she decided to approach Louis Waters with a preposition of him to spend the night to keep her company. That was the start of a new friendship and they get to know each other better as they filled their lonely nights. While their new blossom occurrence became the talked of the town, Addie had the mindset that she would not be affected by what other thinks.
However, I felt that the story was slow paced at times due to the fact that it mainly focuses on Addie and Louis. Both of them are elderly and there are nothing much that they did in the story but just talked to each other about their past. There was not much done thus at times the story gets dry.
Overall, I found that there were many valuable lessons that I learnt from reading this book itself. Addie and Louis teach the readers to appreciate the small things in life and not to let the past mistakes affect the present. Life is valuable and to it is important to live it despite what other thinks and talks of you.