Blush

Jamie Brenner. Putnam, $26 (384p) ISBN 978-0-593-08575-2
Brenner’s lovely latest (after Summer Longing) begs to be read with a view and a glass of wine as three generations of Hollander women—and the men who orbit them—come together at their family’s struggling winery, each fighting their own inner battles. Vivian, the matriarch, doesn’t have faith in her son’s ability to run the business, and resents her husband’s unwillingness to include her in decisions. Leah, Vivian’s daughter, harbors anger that her father doesn’t trust her to run the winery and frustration that her usually supportive husband has lately become pushy. College student Sadie has lost her position working with a professor she idolizes and can’t find the inspiration to work on her thesis. These three women find a way to reclaim their power by starting a “trashy” book club, reading romance novels from the 1980s that they discover in the winery’s library. In the process, they learn secrets about the family and the estate that could mean the end of the winery—or new beginnings in both business and love. Brenner tackles complex issues including gender inequality and the devaluation of women’s interests with a light hand, balancing heavy topics with copious descriptions of wine, cheese, and classic romances. This is sure to please. Agent: Adam Chromy, Movable Type. (June)
Reviewed on : 03/26/2021
Release date: 06/22/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-593-08576-9
Library Binding - 585 pages - 978-1-4328-8800-8
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