Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf - This was a quiet book. That's really the best way I can describe it. Addie and Louis, elderly neighbors, begin spending their nights together to fight the loneliness they both feel after the deaths of their spouses. When Addie's grandson comes to stay with her for a bit, the three of them form a small family. This book was sweet, beautiful, and quiet. I really enjoyed it.
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta - Meadow and Carrie grow up together in LA, each an outcast in her own way. Both of them end up becoming filmmakers, with Carrie being more mainstream and Meadow more avant garde. This was an interesting story about female friendship, a love of film, and finding your own voice. However, it read a bit too disjointed for me.
The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango - The Truth and Other Lies was wickedly dark and funny. Henry is a best-selling novelist (or is he?). When his mistress becomes pregnant, he struggles with what to tell her and what to tell his wife. During that personal drama, unbeknownst to him, an old classmate is trying to track him down and expose him for the conman that he really is. Wackiness ensues. This was a great, fun summer read.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain - Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Did it make me dislike Hemingway? 100 percent. Hadley meets Ernest in Chicago and after a short amount of time, they marry and move to Paris. And who wouldn't want to be young, in love, and living in Paris? However, what follows is an all too typical story of a wife who fully supports her husband's endeavors while he betrays her at every turn. Well-written and intriguing, I can see why The Paris Wife was so popular, but it wasn't for me.