July 18, 2017
By Kayla Dean | June 29, 2017 | Lifestyle
From a literary classic to a romantic page-turner, these books—all set in the East End—are perfect for reading at the beach this season.
It Happens in the Hamptons is the story of Katie Doyle, a romantic who moves to the Hamptons to engage in a love affair with a millionaire investor. Peterson draws from her real-life experience to describe the decadence of Hamptonite life. (Look out for a character who buys $800 in cantaloupe-colored cruiser bikes for her house guests so they can match!) When Katie meets a local surfer and teacher who makes her question her new relationship, she discovers that lush life in the Hamptons is not always what it seems to be. And with news that a sexual predator is on the loose and a missing persons case is underway, it's difficult not to be disillusioned. Come for the drama, stay for the shocking conclusion.
Pulitzer Prize finalist and acclaimed novelist Colson Whitehead has penned another unique tale, this time surrounding brothers Benji and Reggie Cooper, two elite African-American youths who attend a Manhattan prep school, but escape to the Hamptons during the summer to join an exclusive black enclave circa 1985. There, the boys meet with friends and — when left unsupervised for the season — have their own fun on the East End in this coming-of-age novel.
Danielle Ganek's latest book tells the story of two half-sisters who inherit a Hamptons house and a cryptic set of instructions to “seek the thing of utmost value” along with the beachside cottage. Cassie and Peck don’t have anything in common; while one sister is an introverted divorceé, the other is a socialite who doesn’t want to part with the house or the rare edition of The Great Gatsby that might be hidden away in the home. At extravagant parties that evoke East Egg, the sisters meet former lovers, conniving real estate agents, and eccentric artists as they navigate through their own relationship together.
When Manhattanite Althea’s marriage starts to fall apart, her depression begins to take over her life. What she really wants is just to get rid of her manic states so she can be a loving wife and affectionate mother. But it may be too late: her nine-year-old daughter Clem is spending the summer in their Easthampton home without a nanny, but she’s already grown into a self-sufficient girl who doesn’t need her mother. Worse yet, Althea’s husband Oliver becomes enmeshed in an affair with their interior decorator. When Althea meets a brooding and bookish house painter, she starts to wonder if she even wants to save her marriage.
When TV-promo producer Tori Miller experiences a devastating breakup, she decides to ditch her current look with a makeover and beeline it for the Hamptons in disguise. Almost immediately, she becomes a wing-woman to a glamorous new BFF and later a rival when vying for the affection of a sexy Brit. It doesn’t take long for Tori to get wrapped up in too many romances that might ultimately risk her newfound social standing. If she doesn’t soon figure out what she really wants, Tori may lose everything she’s worked so hard to cultivate.
Sex and the City phenom and Hamptons resident Candace Bushnell's simmering book is ripe with the secrets and intrigues of four beautiful women: a B-list hair model who latches onto a new man every summer; a magazine writer who rejects a literary husband that doesn’t meet her sexual expectations; a woman who married a real-life prince and can’t quite deal with the drama; and an aging ingénue who leaves the Hamptons to find an eligible bachelor in London. These it-girls don’t have it so easy.