Summer officially beings June 21. What better way to celebrate the season than to read books about summer? Here are five novels that take place during the summer.
Summer by Edith Wharton
Summer is the story of the sexual awaking of 18-year-old Charity Royall in early 20th century America. Bored with life, she engages in a short-lived summer romance with an architect who is new to town. The romance results in an unplanned pregnancy. When the architect leaves town to marry someone else, Charity is forced to marry her foster father or incur the shame of being pregnant out of wedlock. Published in 1917, this novel caused a small scandal with its subject matter.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
A quintet of young-adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants follows four friends for four consecutive summers from high school to college. The final book in the series picks up when the girls are adults. The “traveling pants” is a pair of jeans that fits all four despite their different body sizes. The series was made into two films, although neither is true to the novels.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A love story between two teenagers unfolds in the late 1950s in A Walk to Remember. The popular boy at school falls for a girl not many people like. The story ends in a marriage and with the female protagonist dying of cancer. A Walk to Remember was made into a 2002 film. Author Nicholas Sparks also is the author of The Notebook.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Set in Appalachia during a hot, humid summer, Prodigal Summer follows three, intertwined plotlines: A field biologist watching coyotes, a farmer’s wife and feuding neighbors. The work is Kingsolver’s fifth novel.
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Set in three different time periods during 20th century Britain, Atonement revolves around Briony Tallis, who as a young teenager falsely accused her sister’s love of their cousin’s rape, and the affect of the accusation on all the people involved. At the end, we learn the novel was “written” by Briony who is atoning for her mistake by rewriting history.
What books are on your summer reading list?
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