Simsion, of The Rosie Project fame, serves up another unconventional hero, this time in the form of Adam Sharp, a sensible IT technician with a penchant for music trivia and a torch for his long-lost love.
With the same refreshing style as his novel Big Fish, Wallace casts the tale of Edsel Bronfman, whose mundane life is turned on its head when he learns he has 79 days to find a travel companion (ahem, date) for a free beach weekend.
Groen is the ringleader of his retirement home's prank-prone "Old- But-Not-Dead Club." But as soon as a feisty widow arrives, the gruff octogenarian is on his best behavior, even combing what's left of his hair. It's truly a love story for the ages.
In a stranger-than-fiction spin, crime novelist Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days in 1926. Author Andrew Wilson uses that real-life mystery as a starting point for a whodunit as gripping as Christie's own beloved writing.
Jumping across time between three best friends' lives during college and adulthood, Campbell paints complicated relationships full of love and hate. Is one of them to blame for another's death, or is it the usual suspect?
Upstate New York's wine country is the backdrop for a scavenger hunt of a mystery following Ava Antipova as she tracks clues left by her deceased twin sister, Zelda. But is Zelda really dead, or simply hiding in plain sight?
"A beautifully written coming-of-age story, Sag Harbor is told from the perspective of Benji Cooper, an introspective 15-year-old African American boy summering at his family's Hamptons vacation home."
—Emily Giffin is the author of The New York Times best-seller Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
"Jaws is as evocative of summer as it gets. The story of a seaside tourist town thrown into panic by a predatory great white shark is a classic tale of conflict and suspense."
—Shari LaPena is a novelist and author of the smash hit The Couple Next Door.
"Wolff knows the ocean, and there's plenty in A Day at the Beach that speaks to life near the water, but the book is so much more than that. It really is the finest book of essays I know—funny, insightful, and crackling smart."
—Ann Patchett is the author of The New York Times best-seller Commonwealth.
"It's a beautiful, mesmerizing novel about family, love, and connections, with secrets as haunting as the seashells we lift to our ears. You will return to this classic over and over."
—Wade Rouse is the author of The Hope Chest, which he wrote under the pen name Viola Shipman, a tribute to his grandmother.
By Ellen Gilchrist
University Press of Mississippi
"Ellen Gilchrist is one of my all-time favorite writers. I reach back to her hilarious short stories, like these about her life in Arkansas and the Gulf Coast, time and again."
—Lucy Buffett is the author of numerous cookbooks, including her latest, Gumbo Love.