THAT SUMMER in the NYT Book Review!

At an event this past fall, I was asked whether my books had ever been reviewed in the New York Times Review of Books.

“No, and they’re never likely to be,” I said.

This, after all, was right on the heels of various dust-ups regarding the Times’s coverage of women writers in general and women’s fiction in particular. The odds of my being reviewed by The Times seemed about as likely as taking a brief jaunt to Mars.

Get those bikinis ready for that Mars landing! That Summer is featured in today’s New York Times Book Review.

Comparing That Summer to A.S. Byatt’s Possession (“with art”), the reviewer hails That Summer as “an involving mystery whose art world implications imbue the romantic indulgences with an intellectual glow”.

Being included in the NYT Sunday Book Review was amazing enough. But a comparison to A.S. Byatt’s Possession? Priceless.

You can find the review of That Summer in the “Short List” section in your Sunday Times Book Review!


  1. leslie on June 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    That’s terrific! I am very happy for you….you deserve it!

  2. Miranda Liasson on June 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Oh, Lauren, this is so exciting. You’ve given womankind a great boost today. Can’t wait to read!

  3. Elizabeth Lefebvre on June 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    SO fab! Also, I think it’s better then Possession!

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