Books by Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of twelve previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was shor


THE DREAM LOVER by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A thoroughly pleasant escape, if not a particularly deep one."
Best-selling author Berg (Tapestry of Fortunes, 2013, etc.) turns her attention to the life of French writer George Sand with this vivid historical novel.Read full book review >
TAPESTRY OF FORTUNES by Elizabeth Berg
Released: April 9, 2013

"Berg fails to play to her strengths here."
A motivational speaker struggles to follow her own advice after a close friend dies. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS YOU by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"Berg's masterful portraits and keen insight makes for a memorable read."
The prolific Berg delivers the goods in this perceptive novel about a divorced couple reunited when their daughter goes missing. Read full book review >
THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"More cynical than her usual Anne Tyler-lite approach, Berg's depiction of her characters' mid-life follies and ongoing struggles with the specter of aging is at times hilarious, at times sad, but this time she steers clear of the maudlin to go for the jugular."
A 40th high-school reunion reawakens old insecurities and crushes among former geeks, jocks, wallflowers and beauty queens. Read full book review >
HOME SAFE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Neither insipid nor mawkish but definitely phoned-in."
Widow discovers an $850,000 crack in her nest egg in Berg's latest (The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2008

"Tales that highlight the bright sparks in everyday experience."
A jewel-like collection of short stories from Berg (Dream When You're Feeling Blue, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
DREAM WHEN YOU’RE FEELING BLUE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"An overwrought and monotonous depiction of life in Middle America during WWII."
A Chicago trio maintains long-distance romances with their WWII soldiers. Read full book review >
THE HANDMAID AND THE CARPENTER by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Traditional, inoffensive—probably a holiday hit."
Just in time for Christmas, Berg (We Are All Welcome Here, April 2006, etc.) delivers a story about the Christ child, highlighting the romance between his young parents. Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL WELCOME HERE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2006

"A feathery feel-good story about triumph over adversity—probably another hit for Berg."
A quadriplegic mother, the 1964 Summer of Freedom and a timely visit from Elvis all come to play in Berg's latest quick-read tearjerker. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF PLEASURES by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2005

"Unhappiness, in Berg's world, isn't an option."
The prolific Berg (The Art of Mending, 2004, etc.) champions middle-aged craziness in an impossibly sunny soap opera. Read full book review >
THE ART OF MENDING by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"A less-well-developed plot than usual, but, as always, readable."
A seemingly perfect family deliberately hides unpalatable truths that come to light only decades later. Read full book review >
SAY WHEN by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Contrived and sentimental, though Berg (True to Form, 2002, etc.) writes neatly packed and fluid prose."
Breaking up is hard to do, and breaking up with Santa almost impossible. Read full book review >
TRUE TO FORM by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2002

"Insights that seem too easily won in a slick story that skims the surface."
Another installment in the life of preternaturally wise military brat Katie Nash (Joy School, 1997, etc.), who over a summer and fall learns about friendship and love: a story that's more well-intentioned manual of life-lessons than engaging drama of adolescent turbulence. Read full book review >
ORDINARY LIFE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Readable and comfortably undemanding. Fans will enjoy."
Oprah's Book Clubber Berg (Open House, 2000, etc.) offers 15 stories deftly detailing those defining moments in ordinary women's lives when fresh insights help explain their discontents. Read full book review >
NEVER CHANGE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Berg wastes her considerable writing talent on a contrived, familiar story, and a likable but implausible protagonist. Still, who can argue with success?"
Another bedside drama from prolific bestseller Berg (Open House, 2000, etc.), again featuring her preferred plotline of a woman in emotional distress finding herself against all odds. Read full book review >
OPEN HOUSE by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2000

"Skillfully crafted, with a fluidity and snap that will delight Berg's fans but, when all is said and done, a distressingly familiar story."
The eighth effortless novel from soft-pedaling specialist Berg (Until the Real Thing Comes Along, 1999, etc.) is an emotional slurpee/comedy featuring the newly separated mother of a near-teenaged son who finds the man of her dreams in spite of herself. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Not Berg's best."
The biological clock is ticking in this latest take on the angst and ills of contemporary women by veteran Berg (What We Keep, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
WHAT WE KEEP by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"An easy read, but intellectually and emotionally lite-fare, despite the suggestions of profundity ('I now believe we owe our mothers and our daughters the truth'). (Book-of-the- Month selection; author tour)"
The prolific Berg's fifth novel (Joy School, 1997, etc.) pays an unremarkable visit to that overworked territory where mothers and daughters visit to blame and explain, this time in the story of a daughter on her way to meet the mother she hasn—t seen for 35 years. Read full book review >
JOY SCHOOL by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"A pleasant between-meals snack of the kids-are-great genre: teary, funny, Hallmarkian wise, its true space waiting among the YAs. (Author tour)"
If books were food, Berg's latest (The Pull of the Moon, 1996; Range of Motion, 1995; etc.) might be a Twinkie: the sweet tale of a precocious 13-year-old girl who falls in love with- -and loses—an older man. Read full book review >
THE PULL OF THE MOON by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"An uninspiring concoction."
Berg's fourth novel in four years (Range of Motion, 1995, etc.) alternates mawkish diary entries with chilly letters home by a woman who's run away to ``find herself'' after 30 or so years of marriage, in a tale that seems better suited to the 1970s than the 1990s. Read full book review >
RANGE OF MOTION by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Comas can be soap-opera stuff, and though Berg is much better than that, there's still a formula finish here: Waking up is hard to do. (Author tour)"
Berg could be creating a new genrethe bedside vigil novelwith last year's Talk Before Sleep and this latest, a sometimes poignant but squarely predictable story of a young wife waiting for her husband to wake from a coma. Read full book review >
TALK BEFORE SLEEP by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"All talk. (Author tour)"
Berg (Durable Goods, 1993) offers a sappy tale about a woman witnessing the death of her friend from breast cancer. Read full book review >
DURABLE GOODS by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"More from Berg will definitely be welcome."
A bittersweet slip of a debut novel about an Army brat named Katie, skating toward adolescence on a base in Texas in the early Sixties. Read full book review >