Book List: Books with Elderly Protagonists

Because I’m a little scared to let only teenagers save the world.

  • The Lido by Libby Page

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.87

When Kate, an anxious 26-year-old reporter, is asked to cover the closing of the Lido, an outdoor pool and recreation center, she meets 86-year-old Rosemary who grew up and had defining life moments in the Lido. Together, Kate and Rosemary work to save the recreation center and all of its history.

  • The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Genre: Mystery

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.94

In a retirement village, four friends meet up and talk about unsolved murders. They call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When one of the crimes happens locally, the four friends find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

  • The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Genre: Contemporary

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92

Harold just retired and is at home with a wife who seems to hate him. Then he gets a letter from a woman he hasn’t talked to in twenty years. Queenie is in hopsice and wants to say goodbye. Harold thus begins his six-hundred-mile quest, with a message for Queenie, meeting characters that shape his life on his way.

  • Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.32

When eleven-year-old Reenie’s mother dies, she is shipped off to her grandparents with her brother. There, she finds solace in a paper route. On her route, Reenie discovers the home of Mr. Marsworth, the town recluse. He doesn’t answer the door, but she writes him a letter and soon they become pen pals. When Reenie wants to enlist in the Vietnam War, Reenie asks Mr. Marsworth, a pacifist, for help.

  • Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.72

Maud is starting to lose her memory, but she refuses to forget about her best friend, Elizabeth, who she is convinced is missing and in danger. But no one will listen to her! Maud leaves herself notes, determined to solve this mystery. Yet the clues only take her deeper into her past, to the disapperance of her sister Sukey after World War Two. Perhaps the two mysteries are connected.

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Genre: High Fantasy

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

  • Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura

Genre: Cultural Fiction

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.77

Mitsuki Katsura, is a fifty-something (Okay, not exactly elderly sorry) professor of French at a Tokyo university. Her husband is having an affair with a younger woman. Mitsuki must also deal with her dying mother, who was always self-absorbed and never the perfect matriarch. Mitsuki tried to keep her mother happy in her ailing bed, but at the same time worries about her own happiness.

By myadventure2017

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