The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

I loved this book because I felt like I could relate to the characters even though their lives were so different from my own. The main character is a married middle-aged woman who realizes she needs a drastic change in her life, and the path to change she finds...

The People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Alex and Poppy meet cute in college, and become friends on a shared ride back to their hometown in Ohio. Over the years, their friendship deepens, and part of that deepening is their ‘Summer Trip,’ taken on a budget in college, but grown more elaborate as Poppy gets...

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

It’s 1950, and postwar Britain is still a grim place, when spinster teacher Margery Benson storms out of her teaching job and begins planning a trip to New Patagonia in search of a golden beetle never before seen. As her companion, she has Enid Pretty, who is...

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Rose and Fern are twins, and as close as two sisters can be. The story is told using Rose’s diary about their disturbing childhood with a mother who is clearly a sociopath, alternating with Fern’s sunnier day to day life as a librarian with certain sensory...

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Once a promising young literary author, Jacob Finch Bonner is teaching in a low residency MFA program at a small Vermont college when he encounters an obnoxious student who claims to have a plot so surefire that it will make him rich and famous.  A few years later,...

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Backman starts out by telling us that this is a story about idiots, which is off-putting. But what he means is that it is idiotically difficult being human. On the day before New Year’s Eve, a bank robber tries to rob a cashless bank of just enough money to pay rent,...