Kent Haruf's book Our Souls at Night had a tremendous impact on my life. Inspired by the idea of an older couple having a romance, so deftly portrayed in the book, I asked an old friend of mine to be my sweetheart. A year later, the first chapter of Our Souls at Night was read at our wedding. Haruf's five other novels, all set in a small town in eastern Colorado, are equally captivating, but Our Souls at Night holds a... (read more)Recommended by Peter N.
A brilliant portrayal of a woman having an identity crisis as she totes her toddler from the frenetic pace of the big city to the relative wilderness of small-town northern California. Without the security of her husband, who is trapped overseas in an immigration nightmare, she must find her way on her own. Highly recommended.Recommended by Peter N.
Elizabeth Strout is my favorite contemporary author, a writer of “perfect” fiction, with every word exquisitely chosen and every feeling coursing with authenticity and pathos. And the characters? Complex, wonderful, and frustrating. A remarkable sequel to My Name Is Lucy Barton.Recommended by Peter N.