Memorial Day has passed, and the summer season has unofficially begun. In Santa Monica, that means long afternoons on the beach. And enjoying a good read with your feet in the sand is one of our favorite indulgences. Here are the 2017 summer beach reads to delve into this year.
Florence in Ecstasy – Jessie Chaffee
Unexpectedly fired from her job at an art museum, Hannah uproots her life in Boston, and moves to Florence, Italy, hoping to conquer a debilitating eating disorder and start anew. While in Italy, Hannah’s personal narrative begins to mirror St. Catherine’s, a local martyr who strived to starve herself to transcendence. Bold and slightly brooding, Florence in Ecstasy centers on women—their pursuit of meaning, self-acceptance, and true fulfillment. Florence in Ecstasy: Published by Unnamed Press in May 2017.
The Arrangement: A Novel – Sarah Dunn
Named one of the 9 most addictive books of 2017, The Arrangement allows readers into the lives of Lucy and Owen, a married couple that moves from New York City to a suburb in the Hudson Valley. Out in the suburbs, life feels easy, average, until a boozy neighborhood party throws the couple into a life altering marital experiment. The Arrangement: Published by Little, Brown & Co. in March 2017.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) – David Sedaris
David Sedaris’s new book is a collection of his diary entries spanning 1977 to 2002. The hilarious author has thrilled readers for decades with his witty fiction and nonfiction—both of which he’s filled with insane amounts of detail. Now, fans can see where some of those details have come from. His personal diaries chronicle his day-to-day interactions which have fueled the writer’s prose. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002): Published by Little, Brown & Co. in May 2017.
Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
Tess is every eager, confused 22-year-old girl who moves to New York City to find herself. She gets a job at a restaurant, does a lot of coke, spends late night at dive bars desperately seeking acceptance. When she falls into a love triangle with two co-workers, she sets herself up for the ultimate lesson in disillusionment, and growing up. Sweetbitter: Published by Knopf in April 2017.