ROBIN AND RUBY
Set during the summer of 1985 in Philadelphia and New Jersey, Soehnlein's novel fully and meticulously captures the scene and mood of the time. He beautifully portrays what it's like to be on the precipice of adulthood, unmoored and searching for a sense of permanence. Though the action unfolds over just one weekend, each character is so fully realized that even before the novel ends they will feel like old friends. Don't miss this wonderfully written book.
Twenty-year-old Robin has just been dumped by his boyfriend; his younger sister Ruby is having second thoughts about her own. When she disappears from a party at the Jersey shore, Robin enlists his best friend, George, to help him find her. His friendship with George has been the most reliable thing in his life for years, but lately he's seeing a side of George he doesn't recognize. Is there more to their relationship?
Ruby, meanwhile, is on an adventure of her own, wearing all black and declaring herself an atheist, when a chance encounter changes everything. As their paths converge, Robin and Ruby must confront their past. (KENSINGTON, Apr., 352 pp., $24.00)