Thursday, October 22, 2015

Coming-of-Old-Age Novel

Some folks have asked me what my latest novel, "Old Ways and New Days," is all about. The quick and easy answer is that it's a coming-of-old-age novel. 

That's the gist of it. The novel deals with older folks although there are youngsters of all ages who populate the chapters. 

I crossed the threshold to old age a couple years ago. Being in that demographic doesn't bother me. It's all part of the life cycle -- birth, childhood, young adult, middle age, old age, and then, well, let's not go there now.

While the story focuses on John Ross, a recent retiree, it encompasses other issues that older folks face in their twilight years -- from intangibles such as respect (or the lack thereof), mental and physical problems, and trying to find meaning and purpose in their lives.

And the novel touches on other aspects of growing older, such as being parents to adult children, old and new friendships, faded careers, personal security, tolerance and intolerance, and even connecting with a pet. 

Basically, the joys and perils and everything in between, of reaching old age and trying to accept things as they happen.

"Old Ways and New Days" is the first in a series of coming-of-old-age novels. It should be an adventure, in many ways, as the characters navigate the twilight years.

Until the next time.... 


  1. Your novel seems very interesting indeed. It is based on life and experiences.

    1. Yes, it's based on experiences and observations in 60+ years. Also, some readings and research on age issues.

  2. One of my favorite quote is "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced" Soren Kierkegaard

    1. Very wise comment. So many of us try to control life when we should be experiencing all the twists and turns.