Live Interview with Elin Hilderbrand, the Queen of the Summer Novel

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If you’re lounging on the beach this summer, there’s one author that needs a place in your picnic basket: Elin Hilderbrand.


Her books are perfect for the vacationer, which is why she has earned the appropriate title, “the “Queen of the Summer Novel.” As it says on her website (linked above), she “loves longhand” is a “good cook and a terrible gardener,” and continues to fight breast cancer.

Her latest book, The Rumor (Little, Brown and Company), will be available on June 16 and it’s bound to deliver the warm-weather goods. It’s about a Nantucket writer who hits the dreaded writer’s block wall at the worst time. We won’t ruin the story for you, but let’s just say that “summer’s explosive events come to a head.”

Elin_Hilderbrand_Laurie_Richards_400x400If you’d like some more ideas for your summer reading list, check out our Beach Bum’s Guide to Good Reads and we also got three great recommendations from our friends at Tattered Cover Bookstore. As for Hilderbrand, we’re sure she has plenty to say concerning her life as a writer and her latest novel.

So, make sure to tune into our Live Chat with Hilderbrand on Monday at 3 p.m. And if you’re new to Hilderbrand’s work, how’s about checking out:

Recommended Reading:


The Matchmaker: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand (Back Bay Books, 2015)

Dabney Kimball Beech, a 48-year-old Nantucketer, has a gift for matchmaking. She’s so good, in fact, that some thinks she actually has some kind of mystical power. But her husband, a celebrated economist, and her daughter, a girl who is clearly engaged to the wrong guy, might disagree. Dabney has been right an amazing 42 times but unfortunately, she wasn’t right about her own destiny- unless she gets a second chance, which she’ll have to take advantage of before it’s too late.

figured it all out too late. He got his degree in Psychology and realized years later that he wanted to write for a living. He now has 16+ years of digital and print journalism experience and currently entertains an ongoing love affair with the greatest literary classics (he savored every page of "War and Peace" and thought it could've been longer, and he will finish Proust's "In Search of Lost Time"). He also loves crossword puzzles, tennis, the outdoors, and working on numerous novels. One of these days, one will get picked up...and when it does, the world will make a little more sense.

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