Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
Recommended by: Ann Hood, author of Fly Girl
Fresh from one of our favorite authors is this 2023 story of William, a young man who, years after a childhood tragedy, becomes an integral part of his girlfriend’s family. As he comes to know each of her three sisters, his past suddenly confronts him, threatening to uproot not only his relationship with Julia but also the possibility of their future together.
Why she loves it: “I love to read and recommend a big book, by which I don’t mean lots of pages but rather a book full of interesting characters that spans many years—like this one! It begins with William, a lonely child who gets swept up into the world of basketball and, ultimately, into the world of a family with four daughters who all love him in a different way. Hello Beautiful breaks your heart, then slowly puts it back together again.”
Reef Road by Deborah Goodrich Royce
Recommended by: Luanne Rice, author of The Shadow Box
Set against the backdrop of the 2020 pandemic, Reef Road is an intriguing story of two women from seemingly different walks of life in Palm Beach, Florida, who cross paths when a severed hand washes up on the beach. A reclusive writer who is haunted by a friend’s murder and a woman whose husband and children are missing join forces to solve the mystery in this compelling read from January 2023.
Why she loves it: “Reef Road is riveting and suspenseful. The first time I read it, I tore through the pages, needing to find out what was going to happen next—a truly up-all-night experience. But I felt drawn to reread this fascinating novel, to absorb all the clues—not just those in the intricate plot, but the deeper truths about generational trauma, how an act of violence echoes through the decades, touching people who weren’t even born when it first occurred. With great insight, Deborah Goodrich Royce examines evil, shines light on her characters’ lives and has written a great psychological thriller.”
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Recommended by: Suzanne Park, author of The Do-Over
A daring art heist is at the root of this 2022 mystery novel. In Portrait of a Thief, Harvard undergrad Will is thrown off course when he is contacted by a Chinese benefactor with an unusual request. What ensues is a fast-paced read inspired by real-life accounts of Chinese art heists.
Why she loves it: “I read the book a year ago but listened to the audiobook for spring break this year. It’s well paced, and there’s an exciting art heist. I found it to have remarkable depth, too, as it also manages to incorporate themes of cultural appropriation, belonging and familial expectations.”
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