Perhaps your summer plans involve lying on a beach, relaxing and soaking in the sun; or maybe not, and you’ll be beach-dreaming on the bus, making furtive excursions to Alki, Golden Gardens, or Magnuson Park. Either way, here are some beachy reads to get you in the summer mindset.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
Maeve, a renowned shark researcher, returns home to the Gulf Coast of Florida after a research trip and makes three startling discoveries: her twin brother has written a novel based on her failed love life; her estranged former fiancé is now the chef at her grandmother’s hotel; and a shark finning operation is killing sharks in the Gulf. Fortunately, there’s also a charming 6-year-old girl who wants to start a Shark Club with Maeve.
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
During the school year, Benji is one of the only black kids at a prep school in Manhattan; in the summer, he and his brother Reggie escape to the East End of Sag Harbor where a community of African-American professionals have built a world of their own. At 15, it’s a summer full of rites of passage for Benji: getting a first job, pursuing girls, car ownership, getting adults to buy beer.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Jim and Franny, celebrating their 35 wedding anniversary, take their extended family on a two week vacation to sun-soaked Mallorca. There’s their daughter Sylvia, celebrating her high school graduation; their son Bobby and his girlfriend Carmen; Franny’s best friend Charles and his husband Lawrence. And then, of course, there are all the secrets and baggage they each bring along. All the stress and comedy of someone else’s family vacation.
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Dumped by her husband of 48 years, Betty Weissmann is forced out of her elegant New York apartment. She borrows a relative’s shabby Westport beach cottage and is joined in exile by her two adult daughters: Miranda, a literary agent dodging a series of scandals; and Annie, a library director who feels responsible for looking after the practicalities. Mischief, hints of romance, and self-discovery abound.
~ posted by Andrea G.