I asked for suggestions to include in any round up of older women in fiction around the world. I especially wanted translated fiction. Readers I asked and you answered. Here five in translation and ten altogether. Brilliant! Thank you. I will add these to the list on the page on my own blog: Bookword. About the Older Women in Fiction series.
Alina Bronsky The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, set in Soviet Russia,German, tr by Tim Mohr
Iain Crichton Smith Consider the Lilies, 1968, Scotland
Anita Diamant The Boston Girl, 2015, Jewish family
Catherine Finch Walking Apart, 2017, set in the Ribble Valley in Lancs and looks at a couple’s retirement hopes
Erwin Mantier While the Gods were Sleeping, 2016 aftermath of WW1
Minae Mizumura Inheritance from Mother, 2017, tr from Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter
Kyoto Nakajima The Little House, 2019, tr from the Japanese by Ginny Takemori
Sofi Oksanen Purge, 2008, tr from the Finnish by Lola Rogers
Olga Tokarczuk Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, 2019, tr from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Anne Tyler Almost anything she has written has a good older woman character
Elizabeth Von Arnim Love (1925) and Mr Skeffington (1940)
Cao Xueqin Dream of the Red Chamber, 1791, Imperial China
And here is the list of fiction I have considered in my recent posts.
North America (Canada and US)
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Eleanor and Abel by Annette Sanford (guest post)
The Lady and the Little Fox Fur by Violette Leduc. Translated by Derek Colman
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Translated by Thomas Teal
The Door by Magda Szabo. Translated by Len Rix
The Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. Translated by Rod Bradbury
Africa and the Middle East
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso, from South Africa.
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Set in San Francisco, USA, the writer is of Nigerian origin.
The Woman from Tantoura by Radwa Ashour, translated by Kay Heikkinen. The story reveals the realities of the Palestinian diaspora.
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine, by a Amerian-Lebanese writer, and set in Beirut.
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin1791
I make that 32 books. I bet you can find something interesting to read in that list. Happy reading.
Written and posted by Caroline Lodge of Bookword