12 of the Best Novels About Aging and End of Life

10. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

In yet another story about an elderly protagonist taking a walk, 82 year old Etta decides she must see the ocean–3,232 kilometers away. She embarks on her walk with a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots. Soon she is joined by James, a coyote. Her husband Otto finds a note saying she will try to remember to come back. Their neighbor Russell, in love with Etta his whole life, insists on finding her. As each takes their own journey, they grapple with memories, regrets, pasts they can’t change, and futures they still hope for. Read More.
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11. Our Souls at Night: A novel by Kent Haruf

Another story from Haruf set in Holt, Colorado, this one brings Addie Moore and her neighbor Louis Waters together. Both widowed with grown children far away, they find companionship and understanding of the lives they’ve lived and the futures they still want to have. Read More.
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12. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a solitary curmudgeon who is set in his ways and unreserved in his criticism of anyone who crosses his path. But behind his rough exterior is a sweet, sad backstory and a soft-hearted man committed to his morals who is about to have his world rocked by several people (and a cat) who refuse to be held off by a few cranky words. Ove is by turns funny, sad, and heartwarming. It’s delightful to watch his persistent new friends chip away at his hard shell to find the kind man lurking within. Read More.
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