I’m going to be back to the writing cave shortly with revisions on the Barbados Book, but, in the meantime, it’s such bliss to get to dive into other people’s fiction– new fiction, not books I’ve read a hundred times before. (I tend to stick to old favorites when I’m writing.)
To kick off my reading binge, I began with Amy Poeppel’s Limelight, a humorous contemporary novel about a Dallas mom and teacher who moves to New York and finds herself, by a twist of chance, personal assistant, aka surrogate mom, to a sulky bad boy pop star turned reluctant Broadway actor. It was funny, but meaningful, too, and with the rare sense that the ending of the book wasn’t predetermined, but was genuinely up in the air throughout.
From modern Broadway, I’ve moved to Winthrop Island in the 30s, 50s, and 60s with Beatriz Williams’s latest, The Summer Wives (now a New York Times bestseller!). What can I possibly say? As always, it’s intensely atmospheric and gripping; you feel as though you’re living in the space with the characters, a cigarette in one hand, a coupe of bubbly in the other, and the brine of the sea air strong around you.
What have you been reading this week?