by Malena Lott
We’re excited to share a new feature on books we’re buzzing about…Five in the Hive, and our first author is Sarah Pekkanen as we celebrate the release of her third novel, THESE GIRLS. Now, let’s put some honey in our tea and get busy…
1) In all seriousness, lipstick or lip gloss? Favorite brand?
Lip Gloss! I absolutely adore lip gloss and have tubes everywhere – in my car, my purse, my pockets (which is a problem when I do laundry and forget to check my jeans for any stray tubes!) My favorite is Lorac. They make this lip-plumping gloss that I’m mad for.
2) First book you fell in love with?
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. It didn’t feel like a book; reading it wasn’t work. It felt as if a good friend was telling me a wonderful story that I didn’t want to end.
3) Favorite “nearly peed in my pants from laughing” book?
Bridget Jones’s Diary. It was v.v. good.
4) Most unusual place you’ve ever written?
It’s probably a toss-up between a moving car – I was in the passenger’s seat – and at Chuck E. Cheese’s. I’m a former journalist, so the screams of glassy-eyed children at Chuck E. Cheese’s were oddly comforting to me – it sounded a lot like my former editors around deadline time! I can actually write anywhere and everywhere, and it’s easier for me to crack open my laptop in a strange place. If I went to a writer’s colony, and sat in a silent room working on my craft, I’d probably feel such pressure that I wouldn’t be able to write a single word! For me, writing comes the most easily when I don’t make it too precious or important.
5) Favorite, “forget the diet” dessert?
Anything involving chocolate. Maybe a bittersweet chocolate mousse, surrounded by chocolate-dipped strawberries. Mmm… (sounds of Sarah scrambling for car keys and peeling rubber as she heads to the nearest sweet shop).
About the book (from the publisher):
Family secrets may shape us all, but it’s the rich, complicated layers of friendship that can save us.
Cate, Renee, and Abby have come to New York for very different reasons, and in a bustling city of millions, they are linked together through circumstance and chance.
Cate has just been named the features editor of Gloss, a high-end lifestyle magazine. It’s a professional coup, but her new job comes with more complications than Cate ever anticipated.
Her roommate Renee will do anything to nab the plum job of beauty editor at Gloss. But snide comments about Renee’s weight send her into an emotional tailspin. Soon she is taking black market diet pills—despite the racing heartbeat and trembling hands that signal she’s heading for real danger.
Then there’s Abby, whom they take in as a third roommate. Once a joyful graduate student working as a nanny part time, she abruptly fled a seemingly happy life in the D.C. suburbs. No one knows what shattered Abby—or why she left everything she once loved behind.
Pekkanen’s most compelling, true-to-life novel yet tells the story of three very different women as they navigate the complications of careers and love—and find the lifeline they need in each other.
I had the opportunity to read an advance of the book and since I’ve read all of Sarah’s books, I can say her fans will be pleased she continues to give us characters we can feel deeply about – and probably know someone in real life very like them. I was so hooked on Abby’s story that I found myself wanting to skip pages to get back to her. For me, Abby’s story was the most compelling, complicated -and yet also sweet – so I would’ve loved to see a whole novel devoted just to her storyline. Looking forward to the next.
Find out more about Sarah and her books at www.sarahpekkenan.com.