Monday, June 22, 2009

aging: characters

Continuing with the focus on writers and aging - have you noticed how many books lately have aged heroes or heroines?

- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is a story an old preacher tells in a letter to his young son.

- In Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner the heroine is 80 (review).

- I've just finished another - Sometimes a Light Surprises - also by Jamie Langston Turner. Ben Buckley, main character in the book celebrates his 58th birthday during the story (review).

- And then there are all the Mitford Series books by Jan Karon - where the main character, Father Tim, is an Anglican priest in his 60s. (Interested in finding out how Karon came to write these books? Go here, click on "Multi-Media" and watch/listen to her tell the story in a talk from the National Cathedral.)

There may be more ... .

I'm thinking since senior citizens are getting so much main billing, there must be something wonderful to recommend the stage of life!


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