Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of historical fiction.

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The Summer Wives

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the must-read novel of the season – a ravishing postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of a rarefied island off the New England coast….

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose estate on Winthrop overlooks its famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools.

But beneath the Island’s patrician façade, there are really two castes: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic laborers. Uneasy among her privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. As the summer winds to its end, he and Miranda are caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, and she begins an impassioned quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if that means laying bare every last one of the secrets that bind the families of Winthrop Island.

“Exquisitely rendered…It’s at the top of my picks for the beach this summer.” — Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Couple

An instant New York Times bestseller, debuting at #7 on the hardcover list

Finalist, Best Historical Fiction of 2018 in the Goodreads Choice Awards

Named a Best Book of Summer by Goodreads, BuzzFeed, PopSugar, Bookish, Bustle, Kirkus, BookBub, and more

A Book of the Month Club selection for July

An Amazon Editor’s Pick for July

A July IndieNext pick

A SkimmReads selection

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In bookstores July 7, 2019

The Golden Hour

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives brings World War II-era Nassau to incandescent life in a brilliantly original epic of espionage and human courage inside the court of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

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In bookstores September 4th

The Glass Ocean

In collaboration with Karen White and Lauren Willig

From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a sumptuous historical mystery that links the lives of three women—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania

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From "Cocoa Beach"

  • The world is so still and black, you can hear the groans of the alligators in the water below, the whispers of the night birds.

Book Clubs

Beatriz speaks frequently with book clubs around the world. If you’d like to schedule a Skype or telephone session with Beatriz for your meeting, please fill out the contact form on the Book Clubs page.

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July 14, 2018

“The Summer Wives,” now in bookstores


My husband first pointed out Fishers Island to me. We were newlyweds, visiting his parents...

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