The news is awful. The election sucks. But there is good news: It’s summer reading season!

I therefore would like to share another book list of novels that I have really loved, and that you might want to think about reading.

WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting. A story about friendship and betrayal that will knock your socks off.

ALICE IN BED by Judith Hooper. A brilliant debut novel about Alice James, Henry James’ sister, who was bedridden, and nobody knew exactly why.

SWEETBITTER by Stephanie Danler. This one was completely hopeless, quite depressing to me, but so well written that I was glued until the end.

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO by Cathleen Schine. Such wisdom. Family, aging, love when it happens to “old” people. It made me cheer.

MODERN LOVERS by Emma Straub. Rock and roll and the aftermath. Way after. Another story of family, love, and the lingering effects of youth. Great summer reading.

A WILD RIDE UP THE CUPBOARDS by Ann Bauer. What happens to a family with a child who suddenly turns inward? A study of a family in crisis. This reads like a memoir, but it is fiction. Riveting.

MIDDLE AGE: A ROMANCE by Joyce Carol Oates. Oates certainly writes about strange people and she examines one man from ALL angles.  So weird. But she does it so well.

And, of course, as I revise my new novel yet again, I go on a reading hiatus. In the meantime, I hope that any of you who have not read my debut novel, KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE, will do that. It’s a good one!

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