Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

There are any number of reviews of this available in print media/online. But none of them mention how cross it makes you feel. This woman, towards the end of her life, having a relationship of sorts with a neighbour is told by her son after he finds out about it that if she doesn’t stop it, he will not permit her to see her grandson again. Amongst other things he assumes that the neighbour is ‘after her money’. And that money, after all, is really the son’s just as soon as his mother stops inconveniently not dying.

So she stops. Just like that. Says to this guy who is making her very happy and vice versa that they will be as strangers to each other for the rest of their lives. Ridiculous.

Yet the fact is that people do things like that in real life all the time. That’s ridiculous too.


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