That’s mature!

A reader’s perspective on the beauty of aging.

I was able to celebrate a birthday recently and each year I am hit with the thought, am I really out of my 20’s already? Well it’s been awhile since I’ve even been close to that age, but for some reason that mindset is stuck in my head. I’m not entirely sure why, I mean none of the relationships that I started during my 20’s worked out, I have a more stable job now than what I was pretending was work, and I’ve actually accepted the idea that putting money away for long term retirement is a good idea. One could almost say that I’m more mature now and maturity definitely has its advantages. I mean I’m married, I have a job I love and I can fill my gas tank ALL the way up instead of $5 here and there.

I do know I’ve never grown out of my love for reading though! The feeling of getting lost in a story, of finding a character to worship, of spending hours away from the stress of life. Perfect! Except as I’m coming to this acceptance that I am no longer in my 20’s and haven’t been for quite some time, I’m noticing the characters more and more and our lesfic authors are pretty awesome at bringing some great one’s of a certain age to light! I wish there were more but the one’s I’ve found are pretty special in the story that they tell because it’s filled with a lot of life experience.

What are some of your favorites, readers of lesfic? I know I’m already looking forward to cracking open Jane Waterton’s Times of Our Lives. Time of our lives
I mean who wouldn’t want to retire to a lesbian retirement community? Of course I’m not there yet, but it’s definitely something to keep in the back of my mind. And the fact that it is a love story reminds me of Kiernan York’s Appointment with a Smile whose main character of Danielle O’Hara has to travel to Europe to find the possibility of putting a lifetime of pain in the past. But who else would be considered in this mature population? Could it be the character of Anne Henderson in Cameron Abbott’s To the Edge? She is in her late 30’s as she deals with a case of a lifetime while she’s torn between two women offering such different possibilities. Or what about Baxter Clare Trautman’s character of Frank in Hold the Bone? She is on the verge of retiring from the LAPD when this story opens after spending four previous books sharing her life and struggles with us readers. I loved the characters of Laura Izmani and Helen Baynor from Karin Kallmaker’s Roller Coaster. Both characters had such different struggles to get where they are in their 50’s and the story is a wonderful representation of how women are strong enough to adapt and overcome especially when dealing with age discrimination.  Then there are such amazing stories of like Jane Rule’s Memory Board that depict the realities of age but how joy is still there if one is willing to forgive and accept love. Or Anne Azel’s Tides where the character of Jackie Cunningham shares her life and her stories, building a family that becomes stronger with time.

And I know there are more! Help me uncover these gorgeous stories of how strong we are and how beautiful our lives are even as time is making is more mature. What are your favorites? What should I add to my reading list?

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12 thoughts on “That’s mature!

  1. I could have kept reading Roller Coaster for days. Those are two fabulous characters. I’ll have to think about my list of favorite older character books while I’m running errands :).

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  2. Books with memorable older characters which come to mind (and I struggled to find many) are Cliff Henderson’s Rest Home Runaways, Kallmaker’s Touchwood and SXM’s The Reunion. I recently read a novella by J.A. Armstrong with a lovely portrayal of a 55 yr old Senator, Candace Fletcher.
    I love reading books with characters older than the standard 25-35 years of age. Thanks for the recommendation of The Rollercoaster.
    I’m ordering it now.

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  3. Try my novel Even You, in which the main character, fiftyish, deals with loss and grief. Sounds grim, I know, but the reviews have called it “riveting” and “solidly entertaining.” Apologize for blowing my own horn, but hiding my light under a bushel never got me anywhere.

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