Late Summer Reads: There's Still Time!
(Repost from August 2017)
Over the weekend, my friend Liz said, in true teacher mode, "August is the Sunday of the summer." I don't know about you, but I'm definitely deep in that end-of-summer scramble.
QUICK, there's just enough time for one more great summer read!!
With so many good lists out there (I love Emma Straub's recommendations), I thought I'd refine my search: books set (mostly) in August. I've always liked a novel that's taking place during the season I'm reading it. It makes it easier to dive right in! These all fit the bill for late summer:
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward- About a young girl having to fend for herself and her family in Mississippi just before Hurricane Katrina.
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle- My sister Emily's favorite from high school. A romance about a teen girl juggling the trauma of her dying grandfather and the affection of three (!) teen boys!
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell- Another one about a young girl on her own, but this one takes place along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, an area I know well. It felt completely foreign to me in this eerie tale of loneliness and self-discovery.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich- A mystery that takes place on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. A young boy tries to solve it and exposes the injustices of reservation life.
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt- Another one set in the Deep South, another mystery, another young kid trying to figure it out. This time it's a girl who's willing to defy her family to get to the bottom of her sister's murder. My sister Mag recommends this one. Lots of great literary allusions.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett- My friend Molly mentioned this one last week. Starts off on a sweltering day in Southern California, but spans many years. It's about family and loyalty, particularly the bonds of siblings.
What am I missing? Any other late-summer must-reads?