By Karen Core
Fay, Juliette. The Shortest Way Home. Penguin. ISBN 9780143121916. pap. $15; eISBN 9781101603666.
Sean has traveled the world for 20 years caring for others as a nurse, until he is called home to Massachusetts where his family is in crisis. Fay’s third novel offers a poignant look at what happens when a man is confronted with the very thing he has worked so hard to avoid. (LJ 10/1/12)
Gideon, Melanie. Wife 22. Ballantine. ISBN 9780345527950. $26; eISBN 9780345527950.
Alice is about to turn 45, the age her mother was when she died 30 years ago. Her marriage offers no solace so she finds escape in the form of an online flirtation. A witty and au courant addition to the chick lit cannon. (LJ 4/1/12)
Hall, Emylia. The Book of Summers. Mira: Harlequin. ISBN 9780778314110. pap. $15.95; eISBN 9781459230026.
Londoner Beth learns of her Hungarian mother’s death when she receives a scrapbook that her mother had compiled of their summers together. A vivid portrayal of a young woman facing the painful past she had suppressed. (LJ 5/15/12)
Netzer, Lydia. Shine Shine Shine. St. Martin’s. ISBN 9781250007070. $24.99; eISBN 9781250007070.
While robotics genius Maxon travels to the moon, he leaves behind his odd wife, Sunny, their autistic son, an unborn child, and Sonny’s dying mother. This thought-provoking debut novel calls into question what it means to be normal. (Xpress Reviews, 7/6/12)
Scotch, Allison Winn. The Song Remains the Same. Putnam. ISBN 9780399157585. $25.95; eISBN 9780399157585.
One of two survivors of a plane crash, Nell has no memory of her life before the accident—not of her cheating husband, the sister she’s not speaking to, or the father who abandoned her. Scotch’s fourth novel illustrates how forgetting everything can bring one to the truth. (LJ 1/12)