We asked Adriana Trigiani — the bestselling author of one of our perennial favorites, The Shoemaker’s Wife — to curate a summer reading list of some of her all-time favorite fiction. From Charlotte Bronte to Doris Lessing to Aldous Huxley, her list is both star-studded and richly entertaining. Read on to discover this modern master of storytelling’s recommendations.
Summer is the best time for classic love stories with strong, female characters. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is always at the top of my list, and I love anything by Jane Austen for the summer—Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility are my favorites.
Barbara Taylor Bradford writes engrossing stories of a poor girl that makes good.
Jennifer Haigh is a great literary storyteller – I particularly like The Condition and Faith.
For fabulous fiction, I’d go with Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman, Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane, and A Proper Marriage by Doris Lessing.
Francine Prose tells fascinating Italian stories (Caravaggio is fantastic). Pick up something by Aldous Huxley, too—Huxley was a good friend of Anita Loos, who is my current obsession.
Plus, there’s no better time for humor than summer – Lisa Lampanelli is good for a big laugh and Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True are riots.
Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she has also written the best-selling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in 36 countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Find Adriana on her website and read more of her on Scribd!