• The cover of the book The Pursuit of Love

    The Pursuit of Love

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    This was the novel modeled on Nancy Mitford’s own aristocratic, eccentric family, and I read it over and over, wanting to plunge into the pages and be part of this mad family at Alconleigh, their mad, rambling Gloucestershire estate.

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  • The cover of the book This is Where I Leave You

    This is Where I Leave You

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    Another of my favorites, where a family, with all their old wounds and rivalries, come together to sit shiva for the patriarch of the family. It’s funny, moving, poignant, and enormously astute.

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  • The cover of the book Little Women

    Little Women

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    It is still modern, still relevant, still the family I always aspired to have, and the bantering and love between the sisters was something I thought about often when writing The Sunshine Sisters.

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  • The cover of the book Kitchens of the Great Midwest

    Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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    This is an immersive, lovely novel, filled with wonderful food, and a woman who carves out a successful career for herself doing supper clubs. I absolutely borrowed from this, when I gave my character Lizzy the pop-up supper clubs, although I also gave her all my design quirks—come to my garden for dinner one summer, and you may as well have stepped into one of Lizzy’s farm supper clubs.

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