Edward Hopper is one of my favorite artists, so this is a very exciting short story anthology. Stephen King, Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Craig Ferguson, and other authors wrote stories based on individual Hopper paintings. Needless to say it’s extremely entertaining and well written.
The Summer Before the War is the fabulous followup to Helen Simonson’s delightful debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. The book tells the tale of an independent female teacher and the rigidly old-fashioned community who hires (and judges) her, blissfully ignorant of world events that will soon threaten their idyllic, Edwardian way of life. Somewhere between Lark Rise to Candleford and Downton Abbey, between antebellum and interbellum, is The Summer Before the War.