Bill Warrington's Last Chance: A Novel - by James King
Bill Warrington is a retired salesman, a widower, and a recently diagnosed Alzheimer's sufferer. His relationships with his children are fraught -- one son is a wanderer, the other estranged; his daughter is a single mother struggling to raise a pigheaded 14-year-old, April. But Bill has vowed to repair these relationships by kidnapping April, driving to California, and leaving clues intended to force his children to overcome mutual distrust and work together. The first part of the plan comes together beautifully, but Bill's increasing mental troubles mean that his grand plan may in fact depend on April, who may be out of her depth. A road trip that delicately balances humor, regrets, and redemption, this debut shouldn't be missed.
How to Read the Air - by Dinaw Mengestu
Kindred Spirits - by Sarah Strohmeyer
Mary Kay, Beth, Carol, and Lynne had bonded during PTA meetings and over martinis, but when Lynne dies, the remaining three find that she'd kept a huge secret from them -- and had left instructions for them to correct her mistakes in a way she never could. Each of the women is battling her own crisis -- an ailing father, a disintegrating marriage -- but they all find that the opportunity for a midlife road trip on behalf of their friend is just what they need to cure what ails them. Pick this one up if you enjoy tales of friendship and life-changing journeys.
The Goodbye Quilt - by Susan Wiggs