Dear Great Book Guru, Sea Cliff Beach Cafe is now open seven days a week and I love nothing better than heading down there for a delicious breakfast (the Greek omelet is my favorite) followed by a couple hours reading under one of those lovely blue stripped umbrellas. Do you have a good book to recommend?
Fervent Fan of the Beach Café
Dear Fervent Fan of the Beach Café, I just read the perfect book for reading on Sea Cliff’s beautiful beach: MODERN LOVERS by Emma Straub. Set in present day Brooklyn, this novel traces four members of a 1980’s almost successful Oberlin College rock band as they grow into middle age on a tree-lined block in Ditmas Park. Restaurants, real estate, and romance are the chief concerns of these aging band members as they fall in and out of love. When a secret diary detailing their early years together is found everyone begins to rethink past choices. Zoe and Jane ( long married and harried restaurateurs), Elizabeth (local real estate maven), and Andrew (a duped investor in a nearby Yoga studio) are a colorful lot. While much of Straub’s writing seems to spoof present day concerns, it is done with a light touch that makes for a fast fun read. Recommended!