Warm weather makes me dream of beaches and lazy summer days. Our last May book club pick Bittersweet a novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore will transport you right to a private Vermont island, where the wealthy Winslow clan spends their summer days. Invited to spend the summer with her college roommate, Mabel becomes immersed into a life of affluence and entitlement, which always comes at a price.
More about the book:
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact – and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.
Join From Left to Write members on May 20 when discuss Bittersweet. Make sure to grab your copy and let us know what you think of the novel. You’ll find the Winslow clan just as fascinating as we did.