The season for beach reads might be over, but as we head into autumn this weekend, there's nothing better than enjoying those last few warm days with a new book. Whether you want to escape to New England, London or the bright lights of New York City, this month’s new releases offer something for everyone. For September, we also introduce a new feature: the pick of the month.
“Coming Clean” by Sue Margolis: Greg and Sophie’s marriage is already on the rocks, but when Greg uses his inheritance to buy a World War II Sherman tank, it turns into World War III in their house. Visits to a marriage counselor do nothing to help Sophie get over the fact that her husband is an inconsiderate slob (not to mention their nonexistent love life), and the couple separates. While Greg has no trouble starting a new life, Sophie struggles with her job as a London radio show producer and her new role as a single mum. Margolis tells this story of moving on with her trademark wit and humor, and readers will be surprised where Sophie eventually finds a new beginning.
“New Money” by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal: Savannah is minus a job and a love life and dreams of escaping from the catty Southern Belles in her hometown of Charlestown. Suddenly she receives a phone call that her father, the billionaire owner of Stone News, has died in an accident … but up until then, Savannah never even knew the identity of her dad. Furious at her mother for keeping the secret, Savannah flies to New York to learn about her inheritance and discovers that she must work at the family company in order to receive her share of the money. Secrets and lies seem to take over her life when she learns that her new guy is hiding a secret about his past; her half siblings are out for revenge because Savannah received all of their father’s money; and due to his involvement in a huge scandal, her father’s death may or may not have been an accident.
“Two of a Kind” by Yona Zeldis McDonough: Widowers Christina and Andy meet at a wedding in Great Neck (which takes place in McDonough’s previous novel) and decide their relationship – Christina is redecorating Andy’s apartment – will be strictly business. Despite their differences, the two fall in love, but family complications abound. As a competitive ballet dancer, Christina’s teenage daughter struggles with an eating disorder and can’t stand Andy or his son; Ida, Andy’s Holocaust survivor mother, can’t accept her son dating a shiksa; and Andy’s son, Oliver, is dealing with his own teenage struggles. Told from the alternating perspectives of Christina, Andy, their children, and Ida, the novel explores and the lengths people will go to for love.
“Little Island” by Katharine Britton: When the Little family converges on their coastal Maine inn for the family matriarch’s memorial service, long-held secrets and resentments flow. A tragic car accident that happened 20 years ago haunts the family, and twins Tamar and Roger, who were in the car, are still reeling from the aftermath. Their sister, Joy, whose son has just left for college, finds herself regressing into self-destructive behavior in her empty nest, while their mother, Grace, desperately wishes her mother could be there to help plan the perfect memorial. A cryptic note from her mom are the only clues Grace has, but in the end what she thinks she knew about her family turns out to be wrong in many ways.
Pick of the month:
“You Knew Me When” by Emily Liebert: Manhattan cosmetics executive Katherine Hill is as glossy as the makeup she markets, but no one knows she used to be an awkward small town Vermont girl called Kitty. Katherine’s forced to return home for the first time in 12 years after learning she’s inherited a Victorian mansion from Luella, a neighbor who was like a mother to her. The only problem is her former best friend, Laney, has inherited half of the house and wants nothing to do with the new version of Kitty. Laney used to love her job at a local spa, but a crazy boss has turned work into a nightmare, and her 12-year-old is starting to rebel. The last thing she wants is to deal with the friend who betrayed her … but since they must work together to renovate the old house and get an estate sale in order, the two eventually can't ignore the elephant in the room. Told in both third-person narration in the present day and first-person accounts of Kitty and Laney growing up, the novel explores the ties of friendship and forgiveness when life takes us in new directions. In a creative marketing collaboration, Liebert partnered with Zoya to create a limited-edition trio of nail polishes inspired by the characters in the book.