Rules for Old Men Waiting
by Peter Pouncey
"An exquisite realized homage to narrative itself"
-Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe
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The old man in Rules is Robert MacIver, a retired historian mourning the recent death of his wife. He lives in a house on Cape Cod that is "older than the Republic" and may be falling apart worse than he is. Faced with his own mortality, MacIver devises a series of rules to make himself productive again, and he sets to writing a novel about the war in the trenches during World War I.