Emily Liebert’s newest engrossing novel, Some Women, examines the intricacies of marriage, friendship, and the power of unexpected connections through her trio of strong women: Annabel Ford, Piper Whitley, and Mackenzie Mead. On the surface, these three women may not have much in common, but just when they each need someone to lean on, their lives are thrust together, forming unlikely friendships that help each woman navigate her new reality.
Recently, we spoke with Emily about a favored book that underscores for her what loving completely means, the genre she’d read above all others, and the surprising last member of her dream book club (who may or may not be a big reader).
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What’s the book on your bedside table?
What’s the one book you tell everyone to read?
House of Wonder by Sarah Healy. It’s so beautifully written. The characters are so well-developed, and the story itself is so poignant.
Name three characters from literature or authors (dead or alive) you’d want at a dinner party?
To start, I’d want Jane Green there because she’s a phenomenal chef and has a biting wit, which I adore. Then I’d say Elin Hilderbrand, because she's fun and very wise. And, finally, we’d need a nice-looking man to ogle, so I’ll go with Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables—one of my favorite books of all time.
Who would be in your ideal book club?
My mother, my grandmother, Judy Blume, Oprah, and Madonna. (Wait, does she read?)
What’s the one book you love to give as a gift and to whom do you give it?
The Little Prince. It’s my go-to for kids’ gifts.
What’s the one book you read as a kid that has stuck with you?
Charlotte’s Web, hands down. It’s the most authentic representation of what it means to love with all your heart. The friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur is literary perfection. In fact, that book had a big influence on Some Women.
What’s the one book that never fails to delight or inspire you?
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. It inspired me to become an author.
If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Women’s fiction! I write it. I read it. I live it. I breathe it.