Join the Living Book Club this month as we take on our newest select, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's "Bittersweet."

By Paulie Dibner
May 01, 2014
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After a month of great poetry, both short and long, we're switching it back up for May with a novel. Each month, our members get to vote on what we should read -- and judging by the enthusiasm over Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's new book, we knew we had a winner on our hands! Bittersweet is out on May 13th, but scroll down for more information on how to win your very own copy!


On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet-dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact -- and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family's dark secrets and make Ev's world her own.

With summer (and the "Gone Girl" movie!) on the horizon, this thriller is shaping up to be a great addition to our bookshelves. Want to add it to yours? We're giving away a signed copy of Bittersweet to one lucky reader! Comment below between now and May 23rd for a chance to win. Please see official rules here.

Stay tuned throughout the month for more from us as we read along!


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