One day widow Addie Moore shows up at the door of her neighbor, widower Louis Waters, and asks if he will sleep with her. As Addie puts it, “I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about getting through the night. And lying warm in bed, companionably. Lying down in bed together and you staying the night. I think I could sleep again if there were someone else in bed with me. Someone nice. The closeness of that. Talking in the night, in the dark.”
In his brief tale of Addie and Louis, Kent Haruf, a wise and tender craftsman, gives us so much more than the modern cliche of two oldsters finding their inner teenagers; he gives us deeply human feelings, simply stated. He shines a light on two souls seeking what they most need.