The book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky The first sentence: “At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S—-y Lane, walked out onto the street, and slowly, if indecisively, headed for K—-n Bridge.” The bathing suit: Trinity Swimsuit by Chromat. $235.
The book: I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley The first sentence: “As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I be killed during the day.” The cover designer: Ben Gibson. The bathing suit: Havana Floral Adjustable Bandeau Cut Out Maillot by Marc by Marc Jacobs. $104.99.
The book: About a Mountain by John D’Agata The first sentence: “If you take the population of Las Vegas, Nevada, and you divide that number by the number of days in the year, there should be 5,000 people in the city and its suburbs with a birthday on the same day Las Vegas began.” The cover designer: Steve Attardo The bathing suit: Printed Surf One Piece by Free People. $249.
The book: Pet Semetary by Steven King The first sentence: “Louis Creed, who had lost his father at three and who had never known a grandfather, never expected to find a father as he entered middle age, but that is exactly what happened.” The bathing suit: Wildfox Couture Cat Swimsuit.
The book: Lethal Seduction by Jackie Collins The first sentence: “What’s the best sex you’ve ever had?” The cover designer: Bernard Maisner The bathing suit: Betty Black & Lime Swimsuit by Mandalynn. $95.
The book: The Bee Keeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King The first sentence: “I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with a nose in my book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him.” The bathing suit: Beach Honeycomber One Piece by ModCloth.