Yes, the back-to-school advertisements are already slapping us in the face, but the calendar still says July. Ignore the department and big-box stores, pour yourself another glass of iced tea and pick up one of these great summer reads.
“An Available Man” by Hilma Wolitzer.
In this tender and funny novel, Wolitzer mines the unpredictable fallout of suddenly becoming single later in life, and the chaos and joys of falling in love the second time around.
“Garden Spells” by Sarah Addison Allen.
In this story with strong fairy tale elements and Southern flavor, Claire, a successful caterer in North Carolina, remains tied to the legacy of the Waverly family–magic. Her peaceful life is transformed by Tyler Hughes, an art teacher and new next-door neighbor, and by the return of her prodigal sister, Sydney.
“Summerland” by Elin Hilderbrand.
This book follows the lives of four Nantucket high school students, their friends and their families after a fatal car accident on graduation night has lasting repercussions for everyone involved. Hilderbrand convincingly portrays ordinary characters in difficult situations as they struggle toward healing and understanding.