One Italian Summer
by Serle, Rebecca; Graham, Lauren (NRT)

Still reeling from her mother's death, Carol embarks on their mother-daughter trip to Positano, Italy, alone, where she encounters her mother in the flesh at 30 years old and must reconcile the mother who knew everything with this young woman who does not yet have a clue.

Rebecca Serle is the New York Times bestselling author of One Italian SummerIn Five YearsThe Dinner List, and the young adult novels The Edge of Falling and When You Were Mine. Serle also developed the hit TV adaptation Famous in Love, based on her YA series of the same nameShe is a graduate of USC and The New School and lives in Los Angeles. Find out more at

Lauren Graham is an award-winning actress, producer, and three-time New York Times bestselling author best known for her work on the critically acclaimed television shows Parenthood and Gilmore Girls. She currently stars in the Disney+ series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, on which she serves as Executive Producer. She is also a screenwriter who most recently completed an adaptation of the popular YA novel Field Notes on Love for HBO MAX in collaboration with its author, Jennifer E. Smith. Her second essay collection for Penguin Random House, Have I Told You This Already?, will be released in September 2022. She holds a degree in English from Barnard College and an MFA from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

*Starred Review* In her latest novel, Serle (In Five Years, 2020) takes readers on a journey focused on the grief of losing a close parent and fighting to maintain a marriage. Katy is beyond consoling when her mother passes away. Add in the fact that her marriage is falling apart and that's a recipe for a much-needed getaway to Italy. Serle dabbles with time travel again, but this go-around Katy magically meets her mother as she was when she lived many years ago in Positano, Italy. Pushing aside the bizarre machinations of the time travel plot, Lauren Graham beautifully narrates this novel, with just the right lilt in her voice that perfectly matches Katy's personality. She takes the text of this novel and brings it to life. The description of the Italian food alone is worth the listen and will have readers rushing to their local, authentic Italian restaurants. Readers of Faye, Faraway (2021), and The Unsinkable Greta James (2022) will find a common wheelhouse in this title that is ideal for readers who enjoy armchair traveling. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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