cover image In the Bag

In the Bag

Kate Klise. Morrow, $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-210805-0

Klise takes a break from her bestselling children’s books for her first foray into adult fiction. This lively love story is told through four voices—those of star chef Daisy Sprinkle; her precocious 18-year-old daughter, Coco; the art installation designer Andrew Nelson; and his 17-year-old son, Webb, a computer geek. Traveling separately on the same flight to Paris with their kids, Andrew is immediately smitten with Daisy, but is too shy to chat with her, so he slips a note in her purse in hopes that she’ll e-mail him. Unfortunately, her response reveals that she found his behavior “completely unacceptable.” But Coco’s lost suitcase, mistakenly swapped with Webb’s at the airport, connects the teens, and through attempts to be reunited with their luggage, they start an online flirtation. Coincidentally, Andrew and Daisy cross paths and the sparks fly, while their kids’ clandestine rendezvous ends awkwardly. Klise’s portrait of modern romance is infused with the trappings of a digitized world, and while she wraps up all the loose ends too swiftly, the brisk pace will keep readers happily engaged. Agent: Kelly Siegel, Michael Siegel & Associates. (May)