Title: Best Seller
Author: Martha Reynolds
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genre: General Fiction/Coming of Age
Set in New England at the time of the American Bicentennial, BEST SELLER is the poignant story of a displaced young woman struggling to figure out who she is within the context of her hometown and the carefully masked dysfunction of her family.
"Everything can be fixed by writing a check." Words to live by for Robin Fortune's wealthy father, until he can't buy her way back into college after she's expelled for dealing pot. Now he chooses not to speak to her anymore, but that's just one of the out-of-whack situations Robin's facing. At nineteen, she feels rudderless, working in a diner by day and sleeping with a buddy from high school by night - all so strange for her because she was always the one with the plan. While her college friends plotted how to ensnare husbands, she plotted a novel, which she scratched out into a series of spiral-bound notebooks she hides in the closet. But now, there's nothing. No vision, no future, no point. In fact, the only thing she feels she has to look forward to is that her favorite author, Maryana Capture, is paying a visit to the local Thousand Words bookstore. Robin surmises that if she can convince Maryana to help her get her novel published, she'll finally get herself back on track. Except that life never takes a straight path in this intensely satisfying coming-of-age novel.
Martha Reynolds ended an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and began writing full time in 2011. She is the author of five novels, including the award-winning Chocolate for Breakfast (her debut novel), Chocolate Fondue, Bittersweet Chocolate, and the Amazon #1 bestseller Bits of Broken Glass. Best Seller is her latest release. Her essays have appeared in Magnificat magazine.
She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.
You know, it’s impossible to pick just ten! Honestly. There are just so many great books out there (and so many to be read). But recently, a Facebook friend asked me to post 10 books that have made an impact on me. So I will give you that list. These 10 books struck a chord somewhere, and even though I read a few of them a long time ago, they’re memorable. They’ve been inspirational. They’re timeless. And they’re in no particular order:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
Manchild in the Promised Land – Claude Brown
A Room with a View – E.M. Forster
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