50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life
“This book—about a 35-year-old woman who falls for the 15-year-old son of her best friend—changed the way I read newsreports about ‘pedophiles’ who have scandalous affairs with the underage. This is a headlong heartbreaker, tender but never schlocky. It deepened my sympathy for many people under the spotlight whose real stories are so much richer and more morally nuanced than the headlines suggest.”
Recommended by Lionel Shriver, the author of 13 novels, including We Need to Talk About Kevin ($15, amazon.com). Her latest is the just-released Big Brother ($27, amazon.com).
To buy: $11, amazon.com.