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What are some fantastic fiction novels to read on the beach?

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Some great novels to read on the beach include "Summer Sisters" by Judy Blume, "Circling the Sun" by Paula McLain, "Beach Town" by Mary Kay Andrews and "Funny Girl" by Nick Hornby. These are among a set of books selected by the editors of Amazon.com for a beach reading list.

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Blume, who is known for her young adult novels, explores the lives of two women friends through successive summers in "Summer Sisters," one of her adult novels published in 2003. McLain, who is known for her historical novels such as "Paris Wife," fictionalizes the life of Beryl Markham, the first woman to pilot across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, in "Circling the Sun." The inspiration for the novel comes from a period in Markham's life when she lived in Kenya and had affairs, including one with the author of "Out of Africa," Isak Dinesen.

Andrews' "Beach Town" is a novel about the mayor of a small beach town and a down-in-his-luck movie scout who have very different agendas but become very interested in each other in ways that may complicate their best-laid plans. Hornby, the author of bestsellers "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," returns to familiar terrain with "Funny Girl," a novel about a 1960s TV starlet with a cast of very colorful secondary characters.

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