Yikes! Time got away on me again. The last month has been hectic, but I won't bore you with the details. I'm one day late, but here I am with the May challenge for We Read Diverse Books.
This month, the challenge is to read a novel or memoir about someone of a different generation. Aim for a good thirty-year difference, more is better. So grannies and gramps should perhaps think about a good YA (Young Adult = teenager) story. High school ain't what it used to be and maybe you'll gain an appreciation for what your grandkids are facing. Teenagers could definitely gain some valuable perspective from a character who has more to look back at than forward to. I admit, this challenge will be a bit tricky for people in their forties, but there is still some good stuff out there.
I am particularly interested in hearing from you on good end-of-life type books. I suspect there aren't too many of those out there. Gilead, of course, springs to mind (at least my mind) right away, and some of Ursula LeGuin's work.
But seeing as most fiction focuses on the "productive" years in the middle and another huge chunk is based on the formative years, it is probably the older demographic that will be the hardest to find.
Of course, there are no authorities to answer to in this challenge, but a novel that covers an entire life would be cheating a bit. Find something that will make you spend the entire reading time in a head much younger or older than yours. And, as always, if the central character can be of a different race, religion, culture, orientation, or whatever, so much the better.
And if you are new to this challenge, feel free to start wherever you would like.