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AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE NOVELS THE OPPOSITE OF ME AND THE UPCOMING SKIPPING A BEAT . . . Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn't bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It's Griffin's mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols. Walking into Janice's house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin--and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we've loved without losing everything they've meant to us? Heartwarming and witty, All Is Bright is a charming story about coming home for the holidays--and finding gifts in the most unexpected of places.
Find your group's next great read with Atria Book Club Bites: a free sampling of ten books guaranteed to feed your discussion.Great books, dear friends, and fascinating conversation are the key ingredients in any book club. To help you decide what to read next, dip into Atria Book Club Bites: a free sampling of ten books guaranteed to feed your discussion. You'll find excerpts from: The Storyteller by Jodi PicoultThe Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan MeyersThe Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. RoseThe Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn DomingueThe Best of Us by Sarah PekkanenOrdinary Grace by William Kent KruegerHeart Like Mine by Amy HatvanyThe Edge of the Earth by Christina SchwarzBird of Paradise by Raquel CepedaOut With It by Katherine Preston Whether your club enjoys contemporary women's fiction, stories with moral and ethical dilemmas, or a fascinating memoir, we've got a great book guaranteed to get you talking.
A heartwarming original estory that shows that there is life--and yes, even love--after heartbreak.Things have always gone perfectly for Corrine Brown--until now. She's separated from her husband of less than three years, and going solo to her baby sister's wedding in Minnesota. As happy as she is for Ilsa, the weekend is long and lonely, and she's eager to get back to her life in LA...until she realizes that her life, as she's known it, is over. Forced to reinvent herself just when she thought was finally settled, Corrine soon learns that sometimes, the most rewarding adventures are the ones that we least expect. A continuation of the original short e-stories All Is Bright and Love, Accidentally, but told from the point of view of a new character, Beginning Again is a heartfelt take on what happens when one happily ever after fades--and another begins.
An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica--it's the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband's infidelity. And, finally, there's Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage. Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends--and herself.to re-evaluate everything she knows about her friends--and herself.
From the internationally bestselling author of four books, including The Opposite of Me, a vibrant, compulsively readable novel about two married couples who pursue a dream to open a bed-and-breakfast in small-town Vermont.In her previous works including The Best of Us, "rising star" (Library Journal) Sarah Pekkanen captivated readers by penning "refreshingly introspective, sharply realistic, and tenderly humorous" novels (Booklist) that had readers "flying through the pages" (Hoda Kotb, Today show). Now, in Catching Air, Pekkanen turns an unflinching eye on the tangled relationships of two pairs of thirty-somethings. A chance to run a B&B in snowy, remote Vermont--it's an offer Kira Danner can't resist after six soul-crushing years of working as a lawyer in Florida. As Kira and her husband, Peter, step into a brand new life, she quells her fears about living with the B&B's co-owners: Peter's sexy, irresponsible brother Rand, and Rand's wife, Alyssa...who is essentially a stranger. For her part, Alyssa sees taking over the B&B as the latest in a string of adventures. Plus, a quiet place might help her recover from the news that she can't bear children. But the idyllic town proves to be anything but serene: Within weeks, the sisters-in-law are scrambling to prepare for their first big booking--a winter wedding--and soon a shy, mysterious woman comes to work for them. Dawn Zukoski is hiding something; that much is clear. But what the sisters-in-law don't realize is that Dawn is also hiding from someone... Relatable and dynamic, Catching Air delves deeply into the vital relationships that give shape to women's lives.
From the author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat, an original eBook short story that shows whom we fall in love with may be the biggest--and happiest--accident of all.Ilsa Brown wasn't expecting a little, injured dog to lead her to the love of her life. But within months of their first meeting on a street corner in L.A., she and Grif, the dog's owner, are engaged. Things between them are so blissful that Ilsa is stunned by the tension that erupts during their visit to Chicago to meet his parents, where she discovers that Grif's old girlfriend, Elise, is still woven into his family. What Ilsa needs to know before she can walk down the aisle is whether Elise is still in Grif's heart, too. Featuring a character from Sarah Pekkanen's original eBook short story All Is Bright, Love, Accidentally is surprising and heartfelt. It's a story about taking chances and choosing hope, and discovering what it means to love someone--and to let go of someone you love.
Julia y Michael se conocieron en el instituto, y hace tiempo que cambiaron su humilde Virginia natal por una glamurosa vida en Washington D. C. Al tiempo que acumulan éxitos laborales su relación se desmorona sin remedio. Ambos están atrapados en un matrimonio que no funciona en absoluto. De hecho, funciona tan mal como el corazón de Michael, que un día decide dejar de latir durante cuatro minutos y ocho segundos. Ese es el tiempo justo que le hace falta a él para tomar la determinación de dar un giro radical a su existencia y recuperar aquello que una vez compartieron. Pero ¿estará Julia dispuesta a empezar de cero? En cualquier caso, la vida de los dos no volverá a ser igual.«Original, atractiva y conmovedora.»Emily Giffin (autora de Algo prestado)«Este retrato de una pareja forzada a responsabilizarse del colapso de su relación resulta al mismo tiempo desgarrador y familiar.» People«Inteligente y entretenida.»The Washington Post
A los 29 años, parece que al fin le ha llegado la hora de hacerse valer: van a nombrarla vicepresidenta creativa de la agencia publicitaria para la que trabaja. Pero tras un desliz descomunal, los sueños de Lindsey se desmoronan y se refugia en casa de sus padres para recobrarse de la humillación. Allí se reencuentra con Alex, quien tiene la desfachatez de coquetear con el único hombre que puede consolar a Lindsey. Esta termina por estallar y destapa un secreto familiar que situará a las dos hermanas en una delicada situación.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents' Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her Prince Charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin while she furtively tries to piece her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.
Read Sarah's beloved first two novels together! Explore the relationship between twin sisters who uncover a surprising family secret in The Opposite of Me and discover how a near-death experience completely remakes a marriage in Skipping a Beat.
In this collection of excerpts, enjoy a taste of all of Sarah Pekkanen's captivating novels. The Opposite of Me-- A smart, funny, and poignant novel about the desire to have it all, the relationships that define us, and the complicated, irreplaceable bonds of sisterhood. Skipping a Beat-- What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship? These Girls-- When three very different young women end up sharing an apartment in New York City, they learn that though family secrets may shape us all, our friendships may just be the thing that can save us. The Best of Us-- An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica--it's the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape.
What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite the rules of your relationship?
Featuring favorite authors and thrilling debuts, Something to Read About: A Book Club Sampler, is the guide for finding your next book club read. Whether you're in the mood for something historical, contemporary, young adult, or true life these are books you and your reading group won't want to miss: The Memory Palace: A Memoir by Mira Bartok, Incendiary by Chris Cleave, The Chemical Garden Trilogy Book One: Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, Possession by Elana Johnson, The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball, The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe, Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen, and Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Enjoy an excerpt from each book accompanied by a collection of bonus materials intended to enrich your reading experience and book club discussion. You'll get discussion questions, suggestions for enhancing your book club, and full-length author interviews. We've even included a special note from the author and their answer to our culinary quandary: "What would you serve at a book club discussing your own book?" Their menu suggestions range from a family recipe for the "Best Ever Refritos" to a "Royal-Tea Cocktail" and are sure to add something special to your next book group meeting. The Something to Read About sampler was created to help you discover your next won't-be-able-to-put-it-down, can't-wait-to-talk-about-it, all-time-favorite read. And like most of the finer things in life, these stories are meant to be shared. Enjoy!
Family secrets may shape us all, but it's the rich, complicated layers of friendship that can save us. Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance. Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It's a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated. Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee's weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills--despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she's heading for real danger. Then there's Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby--or why she left everything she once loved behind. Pekkanen's most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love--and find the lifeline they need in each other.