International bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen is a busy woman. Her third novel, These Girls, was just released (April 10) and she’s already completed her fourth book. She’s also a mother of three. Not to mention reading is one of her favorite things to do and she often devours as many as three novels in a week. We asked Sarah what five books are on her nightstand now.
How to Eat a Cupcake
by Meg Donohue
The Beginner’s Goodbye
by Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances — in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
by Catherine McKenzie
Kate’s To-Do List is simple: Go to rehab, befriend (spy on) It Girl, write killer exposé and land her dream job. Piece of cake! When Kate Sandford lands an interview at her favorite music magazine, The Line, it’s the chance of a lifetime. So Kate goes out to celebrate and shows up still drunk to the interview the next morning. It’s no surprise that she doesn’t get the job, but her performance has convinced the editors that she’d be perfect for an undercover assignment for their gossip rag. All Kate has to do is follow It Girl (Amber Sheppard) into rehab. If she can get the inside scoop — and complete the 30-day program — they’ll reconsider her for the position at The Line. Kate takes the assignment, but when real friendships start to develop, she has to decide if what she has to gain is worth the price she’ll have to pay.
by Harlan Coben
You Know When The Men Are Gone
by Siobhan Fallon
Through fiction of dazzling skill and astonishing emotional force, Siobhan Fallon welcomes readers into the American army base at Fort Hood, Texas — where U.S. soldiers prepare to fight and where their families are left to cope after the men are gone. They’ll meet a wife who discovers unsettling secrets when she hacks into her husband’s email and a teenager who disappears as her mother fights cancer. There is the foreign born wife who has tongues wagging over her late hours and the military intelligence officer who plans a covert mission against his own home.