Book Club Picks: The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward


A Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick

and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Don’t deprive your book club of reading this one.  Simply put, it’s about a disconnected family that reunites on a cruise ship traveling through Europe.  If you’re packing for summer vacation, be sure to include a copy of this fun read.

Purchase your copy here.

Back Cover Copy of The Jetsetters:

When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the Become a Jetsetter contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can’t seem to find a partner; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young, when she was a single mother who meant everything to them.

When she wins the contest, the family packs their baggage—both literal and figurative—and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed and old wounds are reopened, forcing the Perkins family to confront the forces that drove them apart and the defining choices of their lives.

Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back together? In the vein of The Nest and The Vacationers, The Jetsetters is a delicious and intelligent novel about the courage it takes to reveal our true selves, the pleasures and perils of family, and how we navigate the seas of adulthood.

About Amanda Eyre Ward:

Amanda was born in New York City in 1972.  Amanda attended Kent School in Kent, CT, where she wrote for the Kent News.  Amanda majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  In 1998, Amanda moved to Austin, Texas where she began working on Sleep Toward Heaven. She wrote for the Austin Chronicle and worked for a variety of Internet startups. In 1999, Amanda won third prize in the Austin Chronicle short story contest with her story Miss Montana’s Wedding Day.  In July, 2000, Amanda married the geologist Tip Meckel in Ouray, Colorado.  They spent a summer in New Orleans, Louisiana, where Amanda finished Sleep Toward Heaven, which was published in 2003.  Amanda currently writes every morning and spends afternoons with her children.

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