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.
I 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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