Hello There!! I am really excited about the nominated titles for the July/August book and I hope you will be too. I spent a while reading book blogs, BookBrowse.com, BookMovement.com, BookReporter.com, ReadingGroupGuides.com as well as Borders.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com and finally came up with three great books that I hope you will enjoy learning about and then cast your vote below. Voting polls will close Friday, June 27th at Midnight EST!
The first title is Elizabeth Noble’s “The Friendship Test”. I have read Noble’s “The Reading Group” and loved it and I think this one sounds great too. Below is a summary of “The Friendship Test” from Elizabeth Noble’s web site. You can read an excerpt of the book HERE.THE FRIENDSHIP TEST ~ “One late wine- and gossip-fueled night, four friends on a lark create a fateful test of friendship — one that challenges the very principles and boundaries of their alliance. To pass it means to never, at any cost, betray one another. Twenty years later, they must face that ultimate test. We meet them at the dawn of their camaraderie in the 1980s and already each woman is distinguished from the other: Tamsin, the compassionate mother hen; Reagan, the brazen and clever overachiever; Sarah, the seemingly perfect beauty; and Freddie, who despite being far from her U.S. home, finds strength in her friends. We forward to today, and as promised they are still firm friends… that is until a crisis occurs and the principles that define their friendship test are challenged. Exquisitely rendered by Elizabeth Noble, The Friendship Test is a powerful testament to the depth and capacity of female relationships.”
The second book nominated is “The Position”by Meg Wolitzer. “The Position” sounds intruiging and spicy which I thought could make for interesting discussions if this is the book to win the vote. Below is a summary of the book and as with all three nominated books, you can read an excerpt HERE.THE POSITION ~ “In1975, Paul and Roz Mellow write a bestselling Joy of Sex-type book that mortifies their four school-aged children and ultimately changes the shape of the family forever. Thirty years later, as the now dispersed family members argue over whether to reissue the book, we follow the complicated lives of each of the grown children and their conflicts in love, work, marriage, parenting, and, of course, sex — all shadowed by the indelible specter of their highly sexualized parents. Insightful, panoramic, and compulsively readable, The Position is an American original.”
The last book on the list is Kate Christensen’s “The Great Man”. I had heard an INTERVIEW with Christensen on NPR’s Fresh Air last month and became interested in this story of “…secrets, love, and legacy in the New York art world.” “The Great Man” won the PEN/Faulkner Award this year. Below is a summary of the book and you can read an excerpt HERE.THE GREAT MAN~ “Oscar Feldman, the renowned figurative painter, has passed away. As his obituary notes, Oscar is survived by his wife, Abigail, their son, Ethan, and his sister, the well-known abstract painter Maxine Feldman. What the obituary does not note, however, is that Oscar is also survived by his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their daughters.
As two biographers interview the women in an attempt to set the record straight, the open secret of his affair reaches a boiling point and a devastating skeleton threatens to come to light. From the acclaimed author of The Epicure’s Lament, a scintillating novel of secrets, love, and legacy in the New York art world.”