Years of Grace, by Margaret Ayer Barnes
“Set in turn-of-the-century Chicago, this 1931 Pulitzer Prize winner follows the life of Jane Ward, from her first girlhood crush to the autumn of her life. Barnes reminds us that even the smallest decisions can make a carefully built life topple like a house of cards. This story will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever looked back and thought, What if?”
Recommended by Sarah Jio, the author of The Violets of March ($15, amazon.com) and, most recently, The Last Camellia ($15, amazon.com).
To buy: $42, amazon.com.