A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cantankerous and quick-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors whose chattiness and habits lead to an unexpected friendship.
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Maude sinks into a confusing world in this riveting psychological mystery written in the voice of an aging woman with Alzheimer’s. She can’t remember what she’s doing or where she is, but she is fixated with one thought–her good friend Elizabeth is missing.
100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
On his 100th birthday, hesitant centenarian Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his nursing home and embarks on a hysterical and entirely unexpected journey.
Etta and Otto and Russel and James by Emma Hooper
82-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. One morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan to Halifax. Her husband, his oldest friend, who has loved Etta from afar for 60 years, insists on finding her, wherever she's gone.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
As Poland falls to the Nazis, Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by others, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are torn apart as Ichimei and his family are relocated to internment camps. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forced to hide from the world.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Patrick Phaedra
In this delightful debut, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper stopped engaging with life a year ago, when his wife of 40 years died. But the discovery among her things of a charm bracelet he'd never seen before prompts a quest to discover the origins of the bracelet and all of its charms.
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Widower Louis Walters is initially thrown when his neighbor Addie suggests they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are sharing confidences and memories.
The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules by Catharine Inglelman-Sundberg
Bored with her dull, dreary life in a retirement home, Martha and four of her best friend’s rebel against the rules imposed on them.
This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
Harriet Chance receives a phone call informing her that her recently deceased husband, Bernard, has won an Alaskan cruise. Deciding to go on the trip, she is given a letter from her close friend Mildred, with instructions not to open it until she is on the cruise. The contents of this letter shatter Harriet and she begins to reexamine her life and her relationships.
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
The staff and residents at Fulton, North Carolina's retirement facility, share the realities of their lives, from a successful lawyer who feigns memory loss to escape life with his son, to a woman who keeps a scrapbook of every local crime.