Grumpy old men.
In this new feature, BookPage editors share curated lists of the best books--old and new--on a variety of subjects. Feed your TBR!
The titular hero of A Man Called Ove has been pushing his cranky way into the hearts of American readers since 2014. The lonely Swedish curmudgeon doesn't have much to live for after his wife's death--until his lively new neighbors show up with some ideas. If you fell for Ove, these books featuring elderly heroes have a shot at winning your heart.
NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT by Derek B. Miller
Sheldon Horowitz is one tough cookie. He's survived the loss of his wife and son, and he was a sniper in the Korean war ... or was he? His granddaughter is dubious; after all, Sheldon didn't talk about his wartime experiences until he began to experience dementia symptoms. But when tragedy strikes in the neighboring apartment, Sheldon must call on his survival skills to save a young boy. Part thriller, part family story and all heart, this novel is as unique as its prickly hero.
THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY by Walter Mosley
Best known for his mystery novels, Mosley takes a turn to literary fiction in this poignant story of an old man's final days. Ptolemy Grey has forgotten most of his past--until a new caregiver comes into his life. Like the neighbor who re-energizes Ove, Robyn shakes up Ptolemy's world, introducing him to a treatment that allows him to reclaim his memories as they build a life-changing friendship.
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf
Louis Waters is a much kinder, gentler soul than Ove, but he's just as stubborn. After all, he won't give up his late-in-life romance with his neighbor Addie Moore, even though the whole town (and their adult children) disapprove. A story that plumbs the mystery and power of human connection, this elegaic and tender novel--Haruf's last--will linger.
OLD FILTH by Jane Gardam
Sir Edward Feathers--known as "Old Filth," thanks to the midcentury acronym for "Failed in London, try Hong Kong"--looks back on a privileged and eventful life in Gardam's award-winning 12th novel. Gardam took inspiration from the life of Rudyard Kipling to create her protagonist, an orphan of the British Raj. Despite his many flaws, or perhaps because of them, Sir Edward comes across as a fully realized character.
THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
This picaresque debut also stars a widower who feels at loose ends after his wife's death, although Arthur Pepper is decidedly more positive-thinking than Ove. Arthur and his wife, Miriam, enjoyed a long and happy marriage. But when he discovers a charm bracelet among her belongings, he sets out to discover the times, people and places that the charms symbolize--and reveals a very different version of his wife.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2017|
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