Today, I still bring home piles of books and although I don't have as much time to read as I used to during those seemingly endless summers jammed with spare time, I still make an effort to get through as many as I can. Herewith, the titles I'm most excited about this summer.
1. The Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan
Sullivan skillfully weaves together five plotlines that span almost a century with two things in common: marriage and diamonds.
2. The Returned, by Jason Mott
Talk about high concept. Deceased loved ones starting showing up alive all over the world. What does this mean for the future of mankind?
3. The Son, by Philipp Meyer
I'm a sucker for a historical novel set in Texas and this one has been generating enormous praise. It follows many generations of the same Texas family from the early settlers to the oil boom.
4. Night Film, Marisha Pessl
Suspense, revenge, and intrigue surround the death of a filmmaker's daughter. Has been compared to Gone Girl.
5. Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, by Sam Roberts
On this, the 100th anniversary of the opening of Grand Central Station, what better way to celebrate than by reading this comprehensive history?
6. One Hundred Summers, by Beatriz Williams
I just like the cover. But seriously: secrets, romance, beaches. Sounds like a sure-fire thing for summer reading.
7. Paris: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
Rutherfurd, the new Michener, follows up his engrossing New York: The Novel, with his take on the history of the City of Lights.
8. A Marker to Measure Drift, by Alexander Maksik
A young Liberian woman struggles to survive while dealing with some unspeakable memories. Gritty and dark, this one sounds powerful.
9. The Black Count, by Tom Reiss
Subtitled Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, this biography just won the Pulitzer Prize. I'm a huge fan of Alexandre Dumas so I'm particularly looking forward to reading it.