A follower of Old Women Who Write alerted me to this book. Forty-three women from the same high school class, all now in their 70s, have created an anthology of tales from their lives. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to read it.
Jumping the Queue, Mary Wesley
I discovered Mary Wesley from the article titled ‘20 Debut Works of Fiction by Women Over 40’ by Jenny Blatt.
Spur of Light, Tonie Ritchie
Tonie Ritchie completed her first novel this year, at age 97. The novel, Spur of Light, was begun after attending a creative writing course on the Scottish island of Iona in 2002, but lay unfinished for many years until Tonie’s eldest daughter encouraged her to finish it. And she has completed the task. Is it a good novel? I don’t yet know. I just began it. Whether or not it is to my taste, I am amazed and impressed that this 97-year-old woman has written and published a novel. Hurray for Ms. Ritchie. I am trying to reach her and possibly interview her for this blog. Wouldn’t that be great?