Your challenge is to think up and suggest your favorite books that feature an older protagonist! AND / OR let’s also think up any of your favorite AUTHORS who are still writing incredible books when most people are… not?
I really like this challenge. I thought I’d come up with two lists…one for older protagonists, one for older authors. I have LOTS of books that feature either older authors or older protagonists…but I am limiting my choices to three in each category (mostly because I am getting too tired to write more!).
1. The Elegance of a Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (read my review) features a protagonist who is an older woman who is the concierge of an apartment building in Paris. There is also an older Japanese man…and the novel shows that you are never too old to fall in love.
2. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (read my review) features Roseanne McNulty, a woman in her 100th year who narrates the novel.
3. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg (read my review) is a novel which revolves around a middle aged woman, Betta Nolan, who finds herself suddenly without her beloved husband, John. As the book progresses, the reader is carried along on Betta’s journey of rediscovery. Many of Berg’s novels feature middle-aged women.
1. Margaret Atwood will turn 70 on November 18th. She is a phenomenal writer – really, just brilliant. She is still publishing novels, too… her latest being just last month (Year of the Flood). I’ve read the following of her books:
- The Blind Assassin (read my review)
- Cat’s Eye (read my review)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (read my review)
- Oryx and Crake
- The Robber Bride (read my review)
- Alias Grace (read my review)
2. Pat Barker turned 66 years old this year…she is an award winning author and published her latest book in 2007 (Life Class). I’ve read her WWII Trilogy (click on titles to take you to my reviews): Regeneration, The Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road.
3. John Irving turned 67 years old this year. He is one of my most favorite authors. His latest novel (Last Night in Twisted River) will be released at the end of this month. I have read most of Irvings books including my favorites: A Prayer for Owen Meany (read my review), Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, and Hotel New Hampshire.