Emma Straub’s first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, was just wonderful, and then she followed it up with The Vacationers, which I devoured. Her latest, Modern Lovers, feels like the perfect book to kick off summer—especially if you can get down with a story about aging friends who have some skeletons that need to come out of the closet.
First Comes Love
Emily Giffin is a powerhouse. I’ve long been a fan of her work—2014’s The One and Only actually managed to fill the Friday Night Lights-shaped hole in my heart—so First Comes Love went straight to the top of my TBR pile the moment it came out. Known for pitch-perfect love stories, Giffin turns her voice to writing about the bond between sisters. You’ll want to dive in with this one.
I like to say my novel One True Loves—out now in paperback—is Castaway from Helen Hunt’s point of view. It’s about a woman named Emma who marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, only for his helicopter to go down somewhere over the Pacific before their one-year anniversary. Over time, Emma finds a way to love again, this time with her old friend, Sam. But just as Emma and Sam are building their life together, Jesse is found alive. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to decide who she is, what she wants out of life, and who she’ll call her one true love.
Paperbacks are perfect for poolside (and beachside, and lakeside…) reading, so I’m thrilled to have this one out into the world, as well as my most recent novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which is also available in paperback—and I’m incredibly proud to share the summer spotlight with some other compulsively readable titles.
Featured Image: Matt McCarty; Author Photo: Scott Witter