Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Loneliness in old age. It’s the biggest killer. An old woman has an idea about how to deal with it, especially at night when it hurts most. She approaches an acquaintance, Louis Waters with an unusual proposition and they begin a friendship with unexpected consequences for them both. This is the fourth post in the … Continue reading Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

In this first week of older women in fiction around the world I am exploring some fiction from Canada and the USA. My fourth choice of North American older women in fiction is recent and very engaging. All four show older women who others might label as difficult. None of them is a gentle old … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

My second choice in this section of older women in northern America comes from the Yukon, and is a retelling of an ancient legend celebrating the resilience, fortitude and wisdom of the two old women of the title:  Two Old Women In its retelling Velma Wallis draws on the complaints one hears about older people … Continue reading Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Here is the first book in the August series of Women in Fiction around the world on this blog. I began exploring this theme six years ago. I challenged my blog readers to find me some examples of strongly drawn older female characters. This was the first response Hagar Shipley, from The Stone Angel by Canadian … Continue reading The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Older women in fiction around the world

Welcome to a month of older women – more specifically, older women in fiction around the world. And where possible I will feature older women in translation.  I am Caroline Lodge, a book-blogger and one of the most popular themes on my blog, Bookword, is older women in fiction. Dream invitation It’s a blogger’s dream, … Continue reading Older women in fiction around the world