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


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

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

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

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. Katie has had some hard knocks lately: Her mother recently died; her older sister Diane has gone off (pregnant) to Mexico to marry Dickie; and Katie has had to move from Texas to Missouri, where not only does she know nobody, but the two kids across the street are incorrigibly mean. Read full book review >

THE PULL OF THE MOON by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

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. Fifty-year-old Nan, who's never worked, writes daily bulletins to excoriated husband Martin from the road, letting him know obliquely why she left by sharing secrets, including the fact that she feels continually diminished by his habitual lack of attention to what she says; that she's been going through a rough menopause, ``acutely missing my periods,'' and feeling like ``some old gal;'' that she fears the dark and hates that about herself; and that she wishes she and Martin could go live in a much smaller house by the ocean, with ``golden-colored wooden stairs and a small fieldstone fireplace,'' urging Martin to call an architect and have plans drawn up for such a house when she returns home. Read full book review >

RANGE OF MOTION by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

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. Thirty-five-year-old Jay Berman was hit on the head by a chunk of falling ice and has been unconscious for months. Read full book review >

TALK BEFORE SLEEP by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

Berg (Durable Goods, 1993) offers a sappy tale about a woman witnessing the death of her friend from breast cancer. Ruth is a 43-year-old artist whose cancer metastasizes to her brain, her lungs, her kidneys, so that it's only a matter of time, ``weeks to months, depending on what `fails' first.'' Ruth has around-the-clock surveillance from a group of close women friends, the most important of whom is her best friend, Ann. Read full book review >

DURABLE GOODS by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

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. In the aftermath of her mother's death, Katie's home becomes a hostile environment, even though her rebellious older sister, Diane, generally takes the worst blows from their physically abusive father. Read full book review >