The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2017
Here’s our ideal summer set up: We’re posted up in a lounge chair, looking out at the ocean. To our left is a table with a fruity frozen drink we were kind of embarrassed to order and a tube of sunscreen, because we’re responsible adults. On our lap is a book that’s quick to read and entertaining as hell. Here, 30 summery new novels that fit the bill.
The Beach at Painter’s Cove by Shelley Noble
Four generations of women reunite in their crumbling family mansion in Connecticut for a dramatic summer of family, secrets and sisterhood.
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
This razor-sharp debut story collection tackles everything from growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants to awkward conversations with bikini waxers.
Perennials by Mandy Berman
Rachel and Fiona treasured their summers together as campers at Camp Marigold. Years later they’re reunited as counselors, but their relationship is more complicated
Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer
For year-round Nantucket resident Darcy, Memorial Day means a sudden onslaught of people. Juggling two men she’s interested in, she’s thrown for a loop when her ex-husband rents the house next door.
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg
An expert in loving-kindness meditation, gives us tools to create deeper relationships using meditation techniques and mindfulness exercises. (To be done poolside.)
Made for Love by Alissa Nutting
In this hilariously raunchy and absurd story, a woman moves into a trailer park of senior citizens, where her roommates are her father and Diane—an extremely lifelike sex doll
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
A funny and poignant YA novel about that fun and eye-opening summer between high school and college.