Grand Summer Reads
From the rags-to-riches tale of an ice cream magnate to a romantic story set in Paris and Ireland to two acclaimed novels about family and friendship, we’ve got four of this season’s best offerings! Whatever your summer-reading pleasure, you’ll find it at Grand Central Publishing.
"wonderfully readable work ...will have you eagerly turning pages." —library journal
"Stunning. . . Unique and unforgettable." —Glamour
Elise Juska's The Blessings is an extraordinary novel about an ordinary family. The Blessings rally around one another in times of celebration and those of sorrow, coming together for departures and arrivals, while its members harbor private struggles and moments of personal joy. College student Abby ponders homesickness in her first semester away from her Philadelphia home, while her cousin Stephen commits a petty act of violence that takes a surprising turn, and their aunt Lauren faces a crisis in her storybook marriage she could never have foreseen. Through the lens of one unforgettable family, this beautifully moving novel explores how our families define us and how we shape them in return.
"Bravura writing...This is Siddon's best, maybe the book she was born to write." —Stephen King
"One doesn't read Anne Rivers Siddons's books, one dwells in them." —Chicago tribune
Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that will change them in ways they never expected.
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"A tasty summertime treat.... A rich literary feast of 31 flavors (and twice that many colors, scents and sounds)..." —USA Today
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is bestselling novelist Susan Jane Gilman's IndieNext Pick novel about an immigrant girl's transformation into an indomitable businesswoman in early 20th century New York.
As a child in 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family—only to be crippled and abandoned in the streets. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, Malka survives. When she falls in love with Albert, they set off together across America in an ice cream truck to seek their fortune; slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen of America"—doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.
Spanning 70 years, Lillian's rise—fraught with setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies—is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio 54. And when her past starts catching up with her, her world implodes spectacularly.
"It Started With Paris is a huge bear hug of a novel. Cathy Kelly has written a warm hearted story of the inevitable roller coaster of romantic love and the more important task of loving one's self." —Elin Hilderbrand
It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return to Ireland.
Leila's been nursing a broken heart since her husband suddenly left her, but she's determined to put on a brave face for the bride. Vonnie, a widow, has finally dare to let love back into her life, but a curveball arises that puts another's safety at risk. And Grace, a school principal, finds that her son's impending union brings her ex-husband back into her daily life, and starts to ponder past decisions and wonder if her divorce was in fact a mistake.
As these women gather around the young couple to prepare for the wedding, they'll each have to address their own demons and find a way to move forward, whatever the cost.