Though fall in Southwest Florida doesn’t look much different than the rest of the year, it’s still a great excuse to get cozy with a good book. Here, we’re sharing nine novels on our reading list for the cooler months to come.
→Also:The New Naples has its very own Book Club for young professionals between the ages of 21-45. We meet once a month on a Thursday evening at various restaurants around town for discussion, drinks and dinner. Find details about this month’s book selection and meeting here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to RSVP.
1 |The Comet Seekersby Helen Sedgwick A magical, intoxicating debut novel, both intimate and epic, that intertwines the past, present, and future of two lovers bound by the passing of great comets overhead and a coterie of remarkable ancestors.
2| My Absolute Darlingby Gabriel Tallent Fourteen-year-old Turtle Alveston is a survivor. While her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape.
3| Fierce Kingdomby Gin Phillips The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.
4| The Partyby Elizabeth Day A taut psychological tale of obsession and betrayal set over the course of a dinner party, The Party tells the story of two married couples who, in a single evening, will come to question everything they thought they knew about each other, as the long-buried secret at the heart of their friendship comes to the surface.
5| The Underground Railroadby Colson Whitehead A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
6| Siracusaby Delia Ephron Called a “suspenseful, thoroughly delicious tale” about marriage and deceit by People magazine,the novel follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.
7| The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine The mesmerizing debut about a coolly manipulative woman and a wealthy “golden couple,” from a stunning new voice in psychological suspense. Think Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
8| The Night the Lights Went Outby Karen White Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
9| All Our Wrong Todaysby Elan Mastai It’s 2016, and in Tom Barren’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems—there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.