1. “The Goldfinch” – Donna Tartt
Theo Decker is a thirteen year old New Yorker who is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend after his mother dies in an accident and his father abandons him. His only solace comes from a mysterious painting that draws him into the underworld of art that gets even more mysterious as he grows into an adult.
2. “The Invention of Wings” – Sue Monk Kidd
This novel takes place in nineteenth century Charleston and it centers on the relationship between two girls. One is Sarah Grimke a wealthy girl who knows she is meant to do big things but is limited by the impositions put on women of her time. Hetty “Handful” Grimke is an urban slave who yearns for life outside of the Grimke household.
3. “First Love” – James Patterson and Emily Raymond
Axi Moore is a good girl who dreams of running away from her family troubles. One day she decides to take an impulsive cross country road trip and invites her best friend Oscar James Robinson who she secretly loves to come along. The carefree adventure turns bad when they end up on the run from the cops and Robinson’s health worsens.
4. “Sycamore Row” – John Grisham
In this sequel to “A Time to Kill” Jake Brigance gets involved in a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its past. Seth Hubbard trusts no one and before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree he writes a new handwritten will leaving his fortune to his maid.
5. “Lost Lake” – Sarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake is a collection of lakeside cabins in Southern Georgia that has seen better days. Eby Pim owns Lost Lake and has seen one person after another find their way to these cabins looking for something different ranging from love to closure and second chances.