Peachy-beachy reads

If like me you are already dreaming of lazy summer days and sensuous ocean breezes then you may want to relax with of these seaside tales of love, lust, and longing.

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author the bestseller, Eat, Pray Love is misnamed. Far from being a tale about stern men, which would be rather dull, it is instead the “story of Ruth” – forgive me the pun. Ruth is born into a family of lobstermen. They live on a remote island in Maine whose residents have been feuding with the neighbouring island since time immemorial. When her mother, the daughter of the wealthy family that summers on the island, leaves her father Ruth’s life becomes very different from that of her relatives and friends. Ultimately, Ruth transforms the life of everyone on both islands, claims her own identity, and learns to tame “stern men”.

This book is alive with colour and flavour of the culture of Maine lobstermen. You’ll hear the accents, smell the sea, and sense the independence that set these rugged Yankees apart from mainlanders.
Laura Dave’s The Divorce party is set in Montauk in the exclusive Hamptons. One woman’s marriage is ending and another’s is just beginning. The story is told from the point of view of two women.  Gwyn is a beautiful mature woman who is watching her marriage slip away, even though she has obeyed all the rules. Maggie is her new daughter-in-law. She arrives at the bizarre celebration to find out that her new husband has secrets. The book asks, what keeps a marriage together, what pulls it apart, and when should you let go?