Later Love

Olive Ann Burns

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around - fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson - a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward - the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa's new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds' chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather's second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own.
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Alison Lurie
"Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children's folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel. Also in London is Vinnie's colleague Fred Turner, a handsome, flat broke, newly separated, and thoroughly miserable young man trying to focus on his own research. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to. Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel."
Anne Roiphe

Finding love in middle age can be wonderfully unexpected and heartbreaking. Leah Rose is a never-married microbiologist in a rut. She returns to her parent’s summer home to rest and recharge her batteries. She meets, and is reluctantly wooed, by Oliver Marcus – an English teacher and year-round resident. He has never married, lives in the house he grew up in, and cares for his mentally handicapped sister. Ollie and Leah aren’t looking for love – they’re too old, too jaded, too damaged by life – but love finds them in spite of themselves.

Jeanne Ray

"A deliciously funny and wickedly sexy novel of love found (finally!) and love threatened (inevitably) by the families who claim to love us best. Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists in Boston, whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember (what they can't remember is why). When these two vital, lonely people see each other across a crowded lobby at a small business owners' seminar, an intense attraction blooms that neither tries to squelch. They're not sure what fate has in store for them, but they're not about to let something as silly as a generations-long feud stand in the way of finding out. That is, not until Romeo's octogenarian mother, Julie's meddling ex-husband, and a cast of grown Cacciamani and Roseman children begin to intervene with a passionate hatred that matches their newly-found love, stroke for stroke. Think Montagues and Capulets, think wise and witty and thoroughly modern. Julie and Romeo is a love story for the ages.

Carrie Brown
Lamb in Love is set in a rural English village the year of the Apollo moon landing and tells of two people surprised, halfway through their lives by...what? passion? desire? love? They haven't the experience to quite identify it. Norris and Vida have known each other forever. Neither has had any idea how to go about falling in love. Vida Stephen has been nanny for twenty years to the mentally handicapped son of a rich American widower. Every day for most of her life, she nods to Norris Lamb, the postmaster, when calling for her mail. Sometimes Norris offers pretty stamps to the boy. A fussy, stamp-collecting bachelor and church organist, Norris has fallen suddenly, amazingly, and secretly in love with Vida.
Gabriel García Márquez
Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.
Marilyn French

A hugely successful, middle-aged writer of romance novels encounters the possibility of romantic love in her own life.

John Cheever
"John Cheever's last novel is a fable set in a village so idyllic it has no fast-food outlet and having as its protagonist an old man, Lemuel Sears, who still has it in him to fall wildly in love with strangers of both sexes. But Sears's paradise is threatened; the pond he loves is being fouled by unscrupulous polluters. In Cheever's accomplished hands the battle between an elderly romantic and the monstrous aspects of late-twentieth-century civilization becomes something ribald, poignant, and ineffably joyful."
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A. L. Kennedy
After an uncomfortable first meeting, Helen and Edward soon discover themselves to be kindred spirits. For if she has lost the ability to reach out, he never had it; pornography is his substitute for human connections.
Jo-Ann Mapson

The tragic death of Lainie's four-year-old son profoundly affects not only her own marriage, but the lives of her elderly grandfather, Bop, who falls in love with a retired stripper, and her guitar-playing, unlucky-in-love brother Russell.

Bobbie Ann Mason
This unexpected love story outlines the culture shock of a farm couple in a hi-tech medical world. Lila's two-week stay in the hospital provides the focus for the ways they have loved and cherished each other for 46 years.
Lynn Kiele Bonasia
Forty-four-year-old Cape Cod clam bar owner Mary Hopkins struggles to find the peace, love, and human connection that have eluded her for decades as she copes with her beloved great-aunt's descent into Alzheimer's disease, the tragic accident of a young waitress, and her rekindled romance with Dan, a lost love.
Jeannette Haien
"As a frustrated Father Declan de Loughry fishes for salmon in inclement Irish weather, he mulls over the events of the previous days. Four days ago, while performing the last rites on a dying husband, he learned that the couple was never married.. ."
Carol Shields

"With a viewpoint that shifts as crisply as cards in the hands of a blackjack dealer, Carol Shields introduces us to two shell-shocked veterans of the wars of the heart. There's Fay, a folklorist whose passion for mermaids has kept her from focusing on any one man. And right across the street there's Tom, a popular radio talk-show host who has focused a little too intently, having married and divorced three times. Can Fay believe in lasting love with such a man? Will romantic love conquer all rational expectations?"

David Huddle
Years after a 15-year-old girl begins an affair with the husband of her mother's best friend, the emotional fallout from the affair still echoes in unexpected ways through the lives of the people closest to her.
Gregg Kleiner
Eighty-year-old George Castor promised he would never let his best friend Ralph die alone at the Silver Gardens Nursing Home--but Ralph passed on while George was away fishing. Distraught, guilt-stricken and seeking redemption, George buys a broken-down mansion in Looking glass, Oregon, paints it fire-engine red, and begins searching for other old folks to share it with him. Because George has made a new promise that will alter the course of the rest of his life. And, with the help of a miraculous old woman named Grace, he assembles a ragtag bunch of aging strangers, determined to make their last days on earth--and his own--an adventure.