Julie Otsuka$23.00 $21.39
This slender, clever novel is perfect for poolside. The swimmers at a community pool become concerned when a crack is discovered at the bottom. Otsuka puts us in the hive mind as the swimmers wonder what will happen to their cherished refuge. The second half of the novel delves more deeply into one of the swimmer’s psyches. The genius is in Otsuka’s masterful layering of surface energy and the deeper message.
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney$27.99 $26.03
Along with D’Aprix Sweeney’s first novel, THE NEST, (which I also adored) GOOD COMPANY is high-quality domestic fiction. Flora Mancini discovers her husband’s wedding ring – which he told her he’d lost years earlier – in an envelope; this leads to some uncomfortable discoveries. This novel is set in the vividly-described worlds of community theater and Hollywood.
Brooke Lea Foster$27.99 $26.03
This novel follows New York socialite Lee Farrows as she navigates the tricky social terrain of the Hamptons in the summer of 1957. The exquisite care given to vintage detail was captivating – you’ll feel like you’re eating tomato sandwiches, bumping into romantic rivals at the Maidstone Club and dancing in the street in your espadrilles.
Andrea Lee$27.00 $25.11
What a masterpiece. American professor, Shay, marries a rakish Italian businessman named Senna and he buys her a vacation villa on an island off the coast of Madagascar. The reader enters a lush, evocative world where we learn the customs and meet the local characters. Every sentence of this novel is sumptuously crafted to make the reader feel like she’s taken the trip of a lifetime.
Steven Rowley$27.00 $25.11
The Guncle of this endearing novel is GUP or “Gay Uncle Patrick” who invites his young niece and nephew to live with him in Palm Springs for the summer after their mother dies. Patrick knows nothing about parenting -- and Maisie and Grant know nothing about wearing caftans by the pool with a martini – but the two worlds collide in the most charming, heartfelt way in Rowley’s novel.
Maggie Shipstead$27.00 $25.11
An engrossing short story collection which features “knockout after knockout.” In addition to being a phenomenally talented writer, Shipstead is a world traveler and many of these stories are set in locations like Paris, Romania, Montana. The poignant title story, which might be my favorite, chronicles a movie star who has just left a cult as she takes the same flight as a fallen soldier.
Jane L. Rosen$26.00 $24.18
Eliza Hunt has been at the helm of the Hudson Valley Ladies Bulletin Board for fifteen years but when a new parenting forum threatens Eliza’s relevance, she creates intrigue by posting a salacious rumor – and all hell breaks loose. This novel is juicy fun, the writing is smart and quick; it’s perfect for your beach bag.
Amanda Bestor-Siegal$27.99 $26.03
An American au pair working in the affluent Parisienne suburb of Maisons-Larue is arrested when her young charge dies while in her care. The novel works backwards -- describing the intriguing world of foreign au pairs in Paris -- to figure out exactly what was going on in the Chauvet household. This is escapism at its most riveting.