Fiction (all genres) about Summer, when the reading is easy - resorts, romance, family secrets, etc.Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
- How I
Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater
Author: Acito, Marc
Publisher: Broadway $ 21.95 ISBN: 076791841X Date: 2004
Set in 1983, this is a deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenager's larcenous quest for his acting school tuition.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
- The Lake, the River and the Other Lake
Author: Amick, Steve
Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423508 Date: 2005
As the lives and loves of the people of Weneshkeen--a once-quiet village on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan--unfurl, readers are treated to a big-hearted tale that is by turns uproariously funny and dark, and always poignantly real.
- A Summer to
Author: Balogh, Mary
Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385335350 Date: 2002
Readers have been clamoring for the story of Lauren, the jilted bride from Balogh's One Night for Love. Now, the wait is finally over, for Lauren finds true love when she strikes a bargain with the handsome Viscount "Kit" Ravensberg.
Author: Barker, Raffaella
Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503870 Date: 2002
In this delicious romantic comedy, a charming heroine offers hilarious and touching commentary on relationships, divorce, fashion, pets, and children as she copes with her chaotic family and fractured love life in rural England.
- Before You Know Kindness
Author: Bohjalian, Christopher
Publisher: Crown $ 25 ISBN: 1400047455 Date: 2004
For ten summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire to spend a week together playing tennis and badminton and golf, and drinking gin and tonics on the homestead porch to celebrate the end of the season. But during the 11th summer, everything changes after a terrible accident.
- Crazy in Alabama
Author: Childress, Mark
Publisher: Putnam $ 22.95 ISBN: 0399138552 Date: 1993
The world turns upside down and everything goes a little crazy in this tale by the author of Tender about a hot, restless summer and an unforgettable woman who looks for salvation in Hollywood. "Hilarious and scary!"--Fannie Flagg.
- Isle of Palms
Author: Frank, Dorothea Benton
Publisher: Berkley $ 22.95 ISBN: 0425191362 Date: 2003
A hot summer turns into a steaming one in this long-awaited hardcover debut featuring characters from Dorothea Benton Frank's previous bestsellers, Sullivan's Island and Plantation.
Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
- Summer Secrets
Author: Freethy, Barbara
Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451410823 Date: 2003
Bestselling author Freethy presents her most powerful contemporary novel: the story of three unique sisters, the secrets that bind them for life, and the summer that will set them free.
- 4 Corners
Author: Freund, Diane
Publisher: Macadam Cage $ 25 ISBN: 0967370183 Date: 2001
It's August 1953 in Four Corners, New York, when Rainey's mother is hospitalized for mental instability--or, as Rainey's father puts it, when the doctors say she needs a good long rest. This starts a summer of enlightenment for Rainey when she learns about the realities of life through the eyes of innocence.
- The Water Dancers
Author: Gamble, Terry
Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060542667 Date: 2003
Told in a voice as clear and cool as lake water, The Water Dancers is a luminescent tale of love, loss, and redemption, and heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent.
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Summertime Stars
- Leeway Cottage
Author: Gutcheon, Beth
Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060539054 Date: 2005
The critically acclaimed author of More Than You Know returns with a powerful family drama set in a Victorian summer house in Maine.
- As Hot As It Was You Ought To Thank Me
Author: Kincaid, Nanci
Publisher: Back Bay $ 12.95 ISBN: 0316009148 Date: 2005
From a place where you don't have to run away to find yourself, this novel's young heroine, Berry, joins the ranks of other memorable and spirited girl narrators such as Bone in Bastard Out of Carolina, Kaye Gibbon's Ellen Foster, Lily Owens in The Secret Life of Bees, Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Author: Mailer, Norris Church
Publisher: Random $ 24.95 ISBN: 0375503196 Date: 2000
Absorbing summer reading for fans of Bailey White and Lee Smith: A fresh and funny debut novel that brings to life a host of unforgettable characters coming of age in a small town in Arkansas during the summer of 1969.
Suggested Reading: Debuts
Author: Macfarlane, David
Publisher: Crown $ 23 ISBN: 0517702622 Date: 2000
This haunting novel about love experienced and love remembered is also an unforgettable celebration and evocation of the brief beauty of a northern summer.
- The Beach House
Author: Monroe, Mary Alice
Publisher: Mira $ 6.50 ISBN: 1551668998 Date: 2002
Caretta Rutledge abandoned her Southern roots and troubled family long ago. Now, as her own life takes a turn for the worse, Caretta finds herself heading back to the beach house where she spent her childhood summers. There, Caretta renews old acquaintances and reconnects with her ailing mother, learning life's most precious lessons in the process.
- In the Cherry
Author: Pope, Dan
Publisher: Picador $ 14 (trade paper) ISBN: 0312422369 Date: 2003
With a wholly original voice, this stunning debut novel captures the overwhelming transformation from childhood to adolescence.
Suggested Reading: Fiction & Mystery Debuts
- The Perfect
Author: Rice, Luanne
Publisher: Bantam $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0553584049 Date: 2003
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Firefly Beach" delivers this dazzling original paperback novel that explores the mysteries hidden within a marriage and the enduring powers of heart and home.
- A Summer Affair
Author: Wiggs, Susan
Publisher: Mira $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 155166710x Date: 2003
Isabel Fish-Wooten arrives at Blue Calhoun's surgery with a gunshot wound suffered in a shootout. He treats her wounds and thinks that he's seen the last of the troublesome woman until he finds her unconscious in his barn. Will he save her from the police and herself?
Suggested Reading: Romance Stars
in the Country
Author: Willett, Marcia
Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 031228781x Date: 2003
In this spellbinding tale born of the difficulties endured by both mothers and daughters, a woman is abandoned by her mother as a child but now the prodigal mom returns. Her summer lodger is also concealing a painful past with stunning repercussions.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.