‘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 – …