Emily Dickinson’s words, “The past is not a package one can lay away,” are very much apropos for September’s women’s fiction releases. Many of the characters long for the “way we were”—whether it is for their prestigious life style or the comfort of physical books or even former loves. More than one book nostalgically romanticizes the past’s style of dress, or distinctive sophistication. Another book shows the hardship and courage of the characters as they fight unimaginable evil during World War II. Then there are the characters that just want to put their past behind them, and move forward. More than one character has a surprise in store, as the past finally reveals its hidden secrets. But no matter what their previous lives entailed, they are all heading for new beginnings filled with hope and joy. Happy Reading!
Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop earrings and “the shore.” She has a circle of friends who have dedicated their teenage lives to relieve the world of all its alcohol one drink at a time.
Obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn, Lisbeth is transformed when she secretly tries on Audrey’s iconic Givenchy. She becomes who she wants to be by pretending to be somebody she’s not and living among the young and privileged Manhattan elite. Soon she’s faced with choices that she would never imagine making – between who she’s become and who she once was.
In the tradition of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, this is a coming of age story that all begins with that little black dress…
Strengths: Appealing Characters, Innovative mix of multiple eras, Character growth, Nostalgic elegance, HEA
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Introspection Level: Medium