I’ve been thinking about books about oldsters as I read The Book of Ebenezer LePage. I recalled some other books that featured elderly characters, including the works of Jane Gardam. When I reviewed Old Filth, I thought her skill was in making “old age as perilous an adventure to navigate as adolescence." Coming-of-age novels are an old and recognized standard genre. I think Parting-of the-aged novels should become a sub-genre all their own. Here are my first six candidates for such a genre.
- 1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce2. Old Filth -- Jane Gardam3. The Man in the Wooden Hat --Jane Gardam features an older woman)4. Last Friends -- Jane Gardam5. The Book of Ebenezer LePage -- G. B. Edwards6. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens