Our Parents Get Their Own Genre


Baby Boomer-centric literature is the next big thing, declares The Telegraph. Just as YA literature deals with one of life’s major milestones, so does boomer literature as older adults come to terms with aging, retirement, and the final chapter of their lives. Nevertheless, like any good trend, not everyone agrees as to what Boomer Lit actually is:

…there is still some debate as to what can be classified as Boomer lit. Some say that anything featuring an older character can qualify, while others say that this alone does not necessarily qualify a piece of work. While Boomer lit has the potential to entice people from all generations, the same way YA literature does, those who write Boomer lit tend to be aware that many of those from the boomer generation are looking for something new to read.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →