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​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night: “a book about us”

​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night: “a book about us”

Just before Christmas last year, we received a very special submission: a new novel by Kent Haruf, the author of the Plainsong books set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. Our Souls at Night is an exquisite book made all the more poignant by the fact that Kent very sadly passed away just a week after we in the UK received the book, and two days before the final copyedit was finished. We spoke to his wife, Cathy, about Kent’s writing and what this book means to her.​​

Can teachers be friends with their former students?

by Matthew Quick

When I was a young high school teacher, many of my students asked if we could perhaps have a beer together when they turned twenty-one, the legal drinking age here in The States. I always said, “Sure,” thinking they’d graduate and forget all about me.

Cults! Manipulation! Friendship!

Cults! Manipulation! Friendship!

These three might seem unlikely bedfellows, but in Rebecca Wait's second novel, The Followers, there they are, all together. On the face of it, Rebecca's book is a story about cults and the manipulative powers of those that put themselves in charge. But more than that, it's also a book about the friendships that keep us afloat. Here, she talks about the relationship with one of her own friends which she drew on for the novel. ​

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