JAMIE BRENNER, The Forever Summer: A Novel
When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime. Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: at 28, she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone, all in a single day. Then a woman claiming to be Marin's half-sister shows up, and it's all Marin can do not to break down completely. Seeking escape, Marin agrees to a road trip to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's quaint beachside B&B, it becomes clear that the truth of her half-sister is just the beginning of revelations that will change Marin's life forever. The Forever Summer is a delicious page-turner and a provocative exploration of what happens when our notions of love, truth, and family are put to the ultimate test.
MARILYN SIMON ROTHSTEIN, Lift and Separate: A Novel
In Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s hilarious debut novel, Marcy Hammer, the Jewish mother of three grown children, finds herself standing in the 10-items-or-less aisle in the supermarket after her husband of 33 years, brassiere king Harvey Hammer, commits the ultimate cliché and leaves her for a 32DD lingerie model. On top of that, the new girlfriend is pregnant with Harvey’s baby, who has suddenly gone missing, Marcy’s mom is in the hospital, her daughter is having an affair with a married man, and her new best friend has a secret. Life may be full of setbacks, but Marcy knows that all she needs to get through it all is a good support system, her self-respect, and a party-size bag of chips.
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