It wouldn’t be summer without a fresh mix of books with sand, swimsuits and sisters on their covers.
So if you don’t get to choose between a vacay at Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island, at least you can read about both places in Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Identicals.” It features twins with different personalities who live on the two East Coast islands. A family crisis brings them back together, so along with its gossip and romance, the novel is made-for-the-beach escapism. Or maybe you prefer the sand in South Carolina, where two couples renew their friendship in “Same Beach, Next Year” by Dorothea Benton Frank.
Not every vacation book features swimsuits, though. For our annual summer book roundup, we include settings as far as India and as close as St. Louis. (There are two novels set here, in fact: one light, one darker.) And if you want something serious, we’ve also got you covered.
Here are 20 new or upcoming titles to consider, including a few recommended by local bookstore owners. The books range from family drama and island mystery to World War II history and Middle East tension.
There are even a couple with sisters.