Elin Hilderbrand


The author of The Island recommends fiction from far and near.



Elin Hilderbrand In novels such as The Castaways, The Blue Bistro, and Summer People, Elin Hilderbrand draws on the unique atmosphere of the secluded island community of Nantucket to tell engrossing stories of the lives of those who come to visit, and those who make the edge of the ocean a year-round home. In her latest, The Island, Hildebrand conjures a bittersweet family story, in which four women’s sojourn in the family’s summer cottage yields both confrontation and renewal. The author spoke with us about three of her favorite books.


Books by Elin Hilderbrand




Franny and Zooey

By J.D. Salinger


"Every word is perfect. This was my introduction to the Glass family, who remain my favorite clan in all of literature. When I graduated from high school and was asked to give a speech at the ceremony, I quoted liberally from this book. It is, in many ways, my Bible. It's very spiritual without being preachy. My favorite scene is where Mrs. Glass interrupts Zooey in the bath. Classic."



A Thousand Acres

By Jane Smiley


"It's King Lear rewritten, but it is also a meditation on love and loss, family and land. It's about the scars we hide and the way we heal. Brilliant and beautiful."








By Tim Winton


"Tim Winton is the premier novelist in Western Australia, certainly, and perhaps all of Australia. My husband Chip and our three kids and I vacation in Fremantle and Perth, which is where this breathtaking novel is set. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Lamb family and the Pickle family, who are forced to board together in the same house. For anyone who has never read Tim Winton, you are in for a treat. Move on to The Riders and Dirt Music once you finish this one!"


July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).