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Feels Like Spring!

Spring is short lived in Florida. Before you know it, you will open your door to a hot, steamy morning. Here are seven springy novels to enjoy before the heat of summer comes bearing down. Read one on a cool evening and savor the moments before June is upon us.

“But the true nature of the human heart is as whimsical as spring weather. All signals may aim toward a fall of rain when suddenly the skies will clear.”

~ Maya Angelou

The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald

March 1913. Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. English painter Frank Reid returns from work one night to find that his wife has gone away; no one knows where or why, or whether she'll ever come back

Spring by Ali Smith

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring. The great connective.

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste.

But everything is about to change.

Middlemarch by George Eliot

A triumph of realist fiction, George Eliot's Middlemarch explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of sweeping change.

Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Utterly gripping and brilliantly rendered in Knausgaard's famously sensitive, pensive, and honest style, Spring is the account of a shocking and heartbreaking familial trauma and the emotional

epicenter of this singular literary series.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

On an unseasonably warm spring day in the 1920s, twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, a maid at an English country house, meets with her secret lover, the young heir of a neighboring estate. He is about to be married to a woman more befitting his social status, and the time has come to end the affair--but events unfold in ways Jane could never have predicted.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Four very different women, looking to escape dreary London for the sunshine of Italy, take up an offer advertised in the Times for a "small medieval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April." As each blossoms in the warmth of the Italian spring, quite unexpected changes occur.

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