The Gap Year

Single mom, rebellious teen daughter, absent dad. From such simple yet compelling ingredients, Sarah Bird assembles a spicy stew of familial discord, hormonal longings, and troubling maternal regrets. Can mother Cam save daughter Aubrey from making a series of foolish decisions in her senior year of high school, with or without the influence of Aubrey's father? The surprising yet satisfying resolution to this emotional storm defies prediction.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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