SHAKE DOWN THE STARS
This novel is a true gem. Beautifully written, it’s full of emotional impact that touches the heart without weighing the reader down. Themes of love, loss and addiction will reach into the soul.
After the loss of her young daughter, Piper is floundering. She and her husband divorced, but rely on each other for almost daily physical and emotional comfort. Piper’s sister is getting ready to stage a splashy wedding to a professional football player, and Piper doesn’t know how to balance the craziness with her overwhelming grief — other than to drown her sorrows in alcohol. How can she begin to heal? (NAL, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)