Summer of Women

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Fiction featuring women and summertime, selected by Forbes Library staff. June 2009.

  • The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
    Set in South Carolina during a hot summer, 12 year old Harriet decides to prove that mean, abusive Danny Ratliff murdered her 9 year old brother when she was a baby. Full of suspense, boiling over with emotion, and stunningly detailed writing make this climactic read a winner.
  • Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
    Former Smith college dorm mates get back together to attend a friend's wedding. Lively characters, smart presentation, fun and witty situations. While parts may be too graphic for some, others will enjoy this fast paced self-realization novel.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, during the civil rights movement, Skeeter Phelan is back from college to collect the stories of black women in town. Compassionate, optimistic, humorous while being serious, this is a novel with many layers.
  • Dune Road by Jane Green
    Single mother Kit stumbles on a secret about a reclusive novelist in a tony Connecticut beach town. Fun catty behavior, light suspense, scandal, and strong female characters make this novel perfect for toting to the beach.
  • Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
    Three women visiting Nantucket with their children during summer vacation. They share their struggles with infidelity, infertility, job loss and cancer. Heart tugging but light reading.
  • Trouble by Kate Christensen
    Josie, a New York psychotherapist, decides to leave her husband to lead a less boring life. Unfortunately for her, her husband and clever daughter are unfazed. She joins scandal clad rock star friend Raquel on a trip to Mexico City for Christmas leading to a frivolous, tension filled self journey.
  • The Scenic Route by Binnie Kirshenbaum
    Sylvia loses her job, meets Henry in an Italian cafe and cancels the rest of her vacation plans to drive around Europe with her new man telling their funny and sad life stories, dealing with emotional turmoil, and letting secrets loose.
  • All we ever wanted was everything by Janelle Brown
    Over the course of the summer, Janice gets dumped by her husband for a young tennis player, her daughter Margaret deals with piles of debt and teenage daughter Lizzie toys with boys. This funny light novel is filled with divorce lawyers and debt collectors battles, country-club snobs, revenge and family crisis.
  • Summer House by Nancy Thayer
    Three generations of the Wheelwright family gather for a Nantucket family reunion. From the New York Times bestselling author of Moon Shell Beach comes a moving novel about a family with lots of differences.
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
    In the summer of 1935 Briony Tallis misinterprets a moment's flirtation between her sister and the son of a servant. A crime occurs soon after, the repercussions of which are followed through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the 20th century.

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