The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. In a novel that Publishers Weekly described as a "captivating debut… full of lush atmospheric details," Heller offers up a story of summer, secrets, love, and lies. The book debuted at #3 on this week's national Indie Bestseller list. Although this is her first novel, Heller is no stranger to storytelling, having worked as the head of drama series at HBO, developing and overseeing such shows as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, and Big Love.
"This house, this place, knows all my secrets.” Such is the power of the Paper Palace - a family summer retreat that Heller's protagonist Elle Bishop has visited every summer of her life. But this summer is different for Elle, now the 50-year-old happily married mother of three. Because of a single act triggered by roads not taken years earlier, she must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades and that will have lasting impact.

One of the fans of the novel is Marion Abbott, co-owner of Mrs. Dalloway's, the Berkeley bookstore where I work: "Heller gives a nod to Mrs. Dalloway here in her shimmering debut novel that takes place over the course of one fateful summer day at a family house on Cape Cod. Past and present collide, leaving the future of two long-intertwined families hanging in the balance. A compelling morality tale, expertly told."