Smart women of all ages will appreciate these 5 must-read novels about strong memorable older women.
1. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Olive Kitteridge is beyond prickly but she’s resilient. She’s enraging but can be almost endearing, even if you might not want her living next door.
2. Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Addie Moore is independent and impulsive, conflicted by loyalties to her old and new lives. You keep rooting for her.
3. Laughing in the Dark by Susan Swartz
Franny, Jude, and Anna go on their annual lake camp-out in Northern California to eat and drink, skinny dip and whoop into the night when the subject turns to death. Because, what better way to deal with the absurdity and certainty of mortality than to cry and laugh with your best friends?
4. The Good House by Ann Leary
Sixty-year-old real estate agent Hildy Good has her addictions and her charms, plus a wicked sometimes funny sense of what’s happening to her New England hometown. Personally, she’s a mess but the woman bounces.
5. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Written almost 100 years ago, in 1922, this must have sounded like an impossible fairy tale for four women of indeterminate age to say we’re doing it, ditch the cold and their ho-hum lives and take off on a girlfriend getaway. Now, a trip anywhere with your best friends is considered just simple good mental health.