See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests
Graham, Lauren. Someday, Someday, Maybe. Ballantine. ISBN 9780345532749. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345532756.
Actress Graham takes on the alter ego of Franny Banks in this story of a struggling young thespian set in mid-1990s New York City. Chick lit at its most authentic. (LJ 4/15/13)
Lehmann, Stephanie. Astor Place Vintage. Touchstone: S. & S. ISBN 9781451682052. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781451682069.
Amanda, who lives in New York City in 2007, finds the journal of a woman who lived in the city in 1907 and quickly realizes the two have much in common despite the century that separates them. An appealing combination of women’s fiction, New York history, and vintage fashion. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/12/13)
Moore, Edward Kelsey. The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. Knopf. ISBN 9780307959928. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307959935
After forming a bond in high school in the 1960s and being dubbed “the Supremes,” three African American friends share life’s ups and downs over the course of 40 years at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. This debut explores “with warmhearted humor and salty language” the power of female friendship. (LJ 1/13)
Palmer, Liza. Nowhere but Home. Morrow. ISBN 9780062007476; pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062101488.
After losing the most recent in a string of restaurant jobs, Queenie Wade returns home to live with her sister in the small Texas town where they grew up and were ostracized because of their mother’s reputation. The perils of coming home again are showcased to humorous effect. (LJ 3/15/13)
Soffer, Jessica. Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots. Houghton Harcourt. ISBN 9780547759265. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780547759289.
Lorca, a troubled teen with a penchant for self-harm, forms a bond with an elderly widow who teaches her how to cook an Iraqi dish so Lorca can impress her distant mother. A beautifully told story of a relationship that nourishes and enriches the participants as their friendship deepens. (LJ 3/15/13)