Let’s just get right to it, OK?
WISDOM of AGE CHALLENGE
My idea is to start a list of the best books that feature an older protagonist. Somewhat and ‘kind of’ an OPPOSITE to YA on the age spectrum.
Amy, of My Friend Amy, once gave a definition of YA as being a novel that has a young protagonist. Before book-blogging, I was unaware of this category called “Y” and “A” and was often confused what exactly it meant. And it IS such a great category, isn’t it? The number of YA blogs is amazing…
Have you read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen? One of my favorite characters is an elderly gentleman in a nursing home and this endeared him to me right away. I volunteer at a nursing home and have many octogenarian and nonagenarian friends. In fact, I wrote a post awhile back about my biggest fan Madeline who is a about the same number of years away from 100 that I am to reach 50. [That post is –> here <– but feel free to bookmark this and read it another time, it’s READATHON!]
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?
Am I explaining this well? I sure hope so and I only want to be respectful and to contribute a celebration of those wonderful men and women who are – well, ahem, OLDER THAN ME by a few years perhaps. 🙂 I love reading about ninety year olds who jump out of airplanes or explain that they’ve lived ‘this long‘ because they drink a martini every day or rack up 75+ years on the job or heck – just enjoy life, have seen a lot of it and want to continue to contribute and share.
I will pick a random commenter after THREE hours, so at the end of HOUR 18. (one entry no matter how many books offered up.)
The prize will be a book from the list we generate. Include these in the choice, too:
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (my review)
The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein (Lisa/Books on the Brain review)