Great books for summer getaways Whether you're driving to the coast, taking off to a cottage or campsite, or just doing a day trip to the beach, a great book will make your trip. Pack one of these great summer reads from Canadian authors to complete your perfect getaway. By Jill Buchner Great books for summer getaways Slideshow View Slideshow Great books for summer getaways Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 4 great reads for spring Books you need to plan th 11 best Canadian campgrou Sweetland by Michael Crummey For the campsite:Find a quiet place under a tree to lose yourself in the story of Sweetland, an imagined, isolated island off the coast of Newfoundland. When the island is faced with resettlement, local Moses Sweetland is confronted with leaving his past and his community's rich history behind. Refusing to abandon the island, he battles the people who want him gone, the elements and, eventually, himself. A story full of heartbreak and grief, Crummey's novel cuts straight to the heart of humanity, illustrating how memories make a man and what it means to face your own mortality. Open Secret by Deryn Collier For the cottage:Steal away to a quiet place by the lake with Deryn Collier's second book, another smart and suspenseful mystery. Bern, a former soldier living in the isolated town of Kootenay Landing, is minding his own business when he stumbles upon a doctor trying to revive a drug dealer who was shot. Meanwhile, somewhere down by the U.S. border a local father and accountant abandons his van. Bern's gut tells him the two incidents are linked and he works with the police to find what really went on that day. As Bern's own life is drawn into the case, he finds he isn't the only one with darkness in his past. The people of the town and the puzzling circumstances of the case will get into your head and pique your interest even once you've put the book down. No Relation by Terry Fallis For the beach:A book that opens with the main character losing his job, his wallet and his girlfriend all in the first chapter might sound depressing, but this novel will have you laughing from the very first page, making it a great pick for the beach. Despite the initial chaos, the protagonist's real problem, one that has troubled him every day of his life, is his name: Earnest Hemmingway. Though of no relation to the famed Ernest, this Earnest is also a writer, one who's wrestling with writer's block. Bombarded with questions of identity, Earnest responds to these oh-so-human struggles with a deadpan delivery of dry witticisms. As he seeks to find himself, a truly lovable character emerges. Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo For a road trip:A road trip calls for a novel with an emotional journey. This one, from Giller Prize nominee Shani Mootoo, is an engaging story achored in complex familial ties. Many years after one of Jonathan's two mothers left him behind in Toronto, he reconnects with the woman only to discover she is now a man. He visits his mother in Trinidad, where he struggles to reconcile his childhood memories with the man before him. At the novel's outset, we learn that his mother is dying, and her story of transformation unravels from there. Delving into love, abandonment, and gender and identity issues, this book captivates both mind and heart.