#StayHomeStaySafeReads: Amy Poeppel
As a part of our new series, #StayHomeStaySafeReads, Limelight author Amy Poeppel has a few recommended reads. You can also preorder her forthcoming book, Musical Chairs, out July 21st, 2020
Spring reading is always a favorite pastime. And now that we’re spending more time at home and less time socializing, I am appreciating, more than ever, the books that keep me company. Here’s what I’m reading:
I just finished Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. It’s a fabulously weird story about a woman who lands a job taking care of twins. The problem? When agitated or upset, the children burst into lovely, destructive flames. The style of this wonderful novel reminded me of Marcy Dermansky’s The Red Car, another favorite.
Coming May 5th (but available to preorder now): If you’re in the mood to be entertained and crave an inside glimpse into fancy private schools, you’ll love Tiny Imperfections by the writing duo Alli Frank and Asha Youmans. It’s an entertaining, heart-warming story of family bonds, West Coast elitism, and parenting at its pushiest.
I’m very late to the party, but I’m currently reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth. I love a dramatic family saga (such as Claire Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had), and this story is simply wonderful.
When I finish reading Commonwealth, I’ll start The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward. When Andrew Sean Greer (author of LESS) describes a book by saying, “What a joy! … The funniest novel that ever broke your heart,” I’m all in!
Happy spring reading, everyone!
Amy Poeppel is the author of Limelight and Small Admissions, which was first performed as a reading at the Actors Studio. Amy has worked as a stage actress and teacher and now lives with her husband and three sons in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.
The "quick-witted and razor-sharp" (Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six) author of Limelight and Small Admissions returns with a hilarious and heartfelt new novel about a perfectly imperfect summer of love, secrets, and second chances.
Bridget and Will have the kind of relationship that people envy: they're loving, compatible, and completely devoted to each other. The fact that they're strictly friends seems to get lost on nearly everyone; after all, they're as good as married in (almost) every way. For three decades, they've nurtured their baby, the Forsyth Trio--a chamber group they created as students with their Juilliard classmate Gavin Glantz. In the intervening years, Gavin has gone on to become one of the classical music world's reigning stars, while Bridget and Will have learned to embrace the warm reviews and smaller venues that accompany modest success.
Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her well-worn Connecticut country home with her boyfriend Sterling. But her plans are upended when Sterling, dutifully following his ex-wife's advice, breaks up with her over email and her twin twenty-somethings arrive unannounced, filling her empty nest with their big dogs, dirty laundry, and respective crises.
Bridget has problems of her own: her elderly father announces he's getting married, and the Forsyth Trio is once again missing its violinist. She concocts a plan to host her dad's wedding on her ramshackle property, while putting the Forsyth Trio back into the spotlight. But to catch the attention of the music world, she and Will place their bets on luring back Gavin, whom they've both avoided ever since their stormy parting.
With her trademark humor, pitch-perfect voice, and sly perspective on the human heart, Amy Poeppel crafts a love letter to modern family life with all of its discord and harmony. In the tradition of novels by Maria Semple and Stephen McCauley, Musical Chairs is an irresistibly romantic story of role reversals, reinvention, and sweet synchronicity.
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