Perfect Graduation Present

This season, Maggie Pouncey’s “graceful debut” (Vogue) Perfect Reader (Pantheon Books, 6/15/2010) is the perfect present for a loved one graduating from school and ready to leap into the world.

Students on their way out of college or grad school—whether heading someplace far or returning to their hometowns—will find a friend and kindred spirit in the unforgettable Flora Dempsey, Pouncey’s protagonist who, following her father’s death, quits her big-city magazine job and returns home to the small New England town of Darwin, where she discovers more about her father—and herself—than she anticipated.

If you have a close relative or friend who is approaching a milestone graduation, Pouncey’s “impressively mature and entertaining” (Kirkus, starred review) debut novel is the right choice.