Weekend Whats: Jennifer Weiner

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The That Summer author shares everything from her favorite sunscreen, to the sandals she’s loved for a decade.

Need a beach read? Author Jennifer Weiner has you covered. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen (!) novels has a new book — the perfectly titled That Summer — deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship that’ll make you laugh and think, all set on beautiful Cape Cod. We can almost hear the waves crashing…

But Weiner’s more than just the writer of deliciously readable novels about summer—she’s an expert on the season itself. (Above, a shot of her in full bathing-beauty mode for the annual Instagram “wear the swimsuit” challenge.) We asked the novelist to give us her deep thoughts on her summer must-haves, including the sunscreen she won’t leave home without, and the jaw-dropping vacation destination she can’t wait to visit.

What’s the beach read you recommend to everyone (aside from That Summer, of course)?

Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz. It’s got everything: sex, adventure, Hollywood, generational saga, secrets, and did I mention the super-spicy sex scenes?

What is your favorite sunscreen?

Neutrogena 100 SPF sheer spray. It doesn’t smell like chemicals and you can’t sweat it off — even over a four-hour bike ride. 

What’s one of your happiest summer memories?

Visiting the beaches of the Outer Cape with my family as a child. I loved collecting shells in the tidal pools, swimming in the water that was so cold it would leave you numb, and looking at the drag queens on Commercial Street in Provincetown.

What meal do you need to eat every summer?

Raw oysters and sushi at Mac’s Shack in Wellfleet, MA. It isn’t summer until I’ve squeezed lemon and spread the perfect amount of horseradish and cocktail sauce on that first oyster.

Mac’s Shack in Wellfleet, MA

What are your go-to summer sandals?

My 10-year-old Keens!

What’s your dream vacation destination?

I want to stay in one of those beach huts on stilts in the Maldives. It’s a crazy-long flight, but I’d love to fall asleep over the water — and wake up in the morning and dive right in.

Beach huts in the Maldives

Visit Jen online at JenniferWeiner.com