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Looking for a good end-of-summer read? We’re loving these three new novels about the challenges of relationships--all by up-and-coming women writers.

The Light Between Oceans A boat washes ashore with a dead man and a crying baby. A barren woman and her husband make a shocking pact: to keep and raise the child as their own. Set on a remote Australian island in the wake of WWI, this stunning debut follows one couple’s life-changing decision and how it affects their marriage and the worlds of everyone around them.

The Age of Desire Edith Wharton isn’t exactly our example of a sex goddess, but critically acclaimed author Jennie Fields’s new book makes her seem downright racy. This fictionalized account of Wharton’s real-life affair with journalist Morton Fullerton (and of the governess who ardently disapproved of their relationship) is by turns juicy and thoughtful--a great pick for lovers of The Paris Wife or the Wharton canon.

When It Happens to You Molly Ringwald, will you ever stop impressing us? The former Brat Packer’s debut novel-in-stories proves she’s got writerly chops: Each installment follows an L.A. family and their social circle through the complexities of modern relationships, tackling issues like infertility, infidelity and cross-dressing 6-year-olds.

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