The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
A modern tale inspired by “Sense and Sensibility” finds financially strapped literary sisters Miranda and Annie moving in with divorcée Betty in a run-down Connecticut beach cottage, where they find love among the suburban aristocracy.
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father’s ashes in the trunk, but his mother is still very much alive, and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. But by the end of this perfectly lovely weekend, the past has so thoroughly swamped the present that the future suddenly hangs in the balance.
The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
The Lake Shore Limited is the story of how Wilhelmina “Billy” Gertz has come to create the title’s play out of emotions surrounding an imagined terrorist bombing of a Chicago train, how the play is then created anew on the stage, and how the play’s performance touches and changes the lives that intersect and interweave with Billy’s.
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Three generations of women converge on the family beach house in this wickedly funny, emotionally resonant story of love and dysfunction.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Bankhead, while at the same time an old friend of hers resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny.
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Relates a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy–and the man he later becomes–looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car pulled up to their street. One boy got into the car, two did not, and something terrible happened — something that ended their friendship and changed all three boys forever.
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home’s new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there.
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans, Bethia Mayfield yearns for an education that is closed to her due to her gender. As soon as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observes its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
When her older brother Art–a Catholic priest and the popular pastor of a large suburban parish–finds himself at the center of a scandal, Sheila McGann, estranged from her family for years, returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie Anderson realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.