‘Thursdays in the Park’: Don’t Call It ‘Gran Lit’

Novelist Hilary Boyd is a grandmother. But don’t let her catch you uttering the term “gran lit.” That’s the genre name that U.K. Observer columnist Robert McCrumb coined on reading Boyd’s first published novel, Thursdays in the Park, in which middle-aged wife Jeanie begins an extra-marital flirtation at- surprise! – the local park’s playground. As far as I can tell, “gran lit” designates literature by older women. It thus manages to commit a double whammy – ageism and sexism – …

Now Read This: ‘Guy’s Guy’ Mike Greenberg Writes Chick Lit

Mike Greenberg is a “guy’s guy” – he co-hosts the ESPN show “Mike & Mike in the Morning”- so when he decided to write a novel from the perspective of three women, he knew he’d have to rope in some “gal’s gals.” To “get things right” in his recently released All You Could Ask For, Greenberg told me, he formed the world’s most homegrown focus group: his wife, his agent’s wife, and their female yoga instructor. But there’s one vignette …