Bestselling Author Pam Jenoff Raves about Jamie Brenner’s ‘The Forever Summer’

the forever summer review

As the days grow longer and the temperatures warm, the thoughts of readers everywhere turn to beach books. This is especially true of book clubs. After a winter of heavy reading, you likely yearn to kick off your boots and sip your freshly pedicured toes into something dreamy. So as you look ahead to your reads for the coming months, let me recommend The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner.

the forever summer jamie brennerI became a huge fan of Jamie Brenner after reading her wonderful debut, The Wedding Sisters. I think The Forever Summer is even better. It tells the story of Marin, a New York lawyer who seems to have it all – prestigious career, gorgeous fiancé – until she loses it all. Her life is further complicated by the arrival of a half-sister she never knew she had. With nothing left to lose, Marin agrees to join her half-sister on a road trip to Cape Cod to meet her grandmother. This begins a summer of staggering revelations and life-changing encounters set against the idyllic New England coast.

As a writer, there is so much I admire about Brenner’s writing. First, her ability to explore female friendships. Second, the humor in her writing (which I dearly wish I had.) But make no mistake about it – The Forever Summer is far from light. Rather, Brenner is one of those rare writers with the ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time. I walked away from this book moved, entertained and deeply satisfied.

So gather some of your closest reader pals and plan a decadent summer brunch, paired with Prosecco, champagne or perhaps mimosas. And be sure to allow plenty of time — because the rich, nuanced characters, relationships and situations which Brenner has so artfully created will be sure to keep you talking for hours to come!

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Pam Jenoff

Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Orphan’s Tale, an instant New York Times bestseller. Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.

Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.

Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia.

Pam is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat’s Wife and Almost Home.