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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Evan James, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe Publisher: Atria Books RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben CR: Grand Central Publishing
Credit: Sarah Crichton Books; Atria Books; Grand Central Publishing

Sure, it’s not technically beach-reading season just yet, but the sun is starting to shine (in most places), and the escape of a good book is calling. For our spring reading guide this year, EW sought out recommendations from some of our favorite authors. Check out their picks below.

Camille Pagán (I’m Fine and Neither Are You): “I picked up Kristy Woodson Harvey’s The Southern Side of Paradise on a chilly, so-called spring day — and suddenly life seemed a whole lot sunnier. This wonderfully told story of three sisters and the mother who loves them had me laughing, crying, and wanting to hop on a plane and head south.”

Marissa Stapley (The Last Resort): “I was swept away by Meg Donohue’s You, Me and the Sea, a dreamy, bewitching, and oh-so-modern reimagining of one of my favorite classics, Wuthering Heights. What a gorgeous take on a tortured love story!”

S. A. Lelchuk (Save Me From Dangerous Men): “I’m a huge Harlan Coben fan, and I just finished Run Away — maybe my all-time favorite of his! In addition to the incredible twists and surprises that he is famous for, the book is a powerful and emotional portrait of a father’s anguish at losing his daughter, and the limitless lengths that parents will go in order to save their child from danger. Impossible to put down!”

book cover for Steven Rowley's The Editor
Credit: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Taylor Jenkins Reid (Daisy Jones & the Six): “This spring I devoured The Editor, by Steven Rowley. This story about a writer who finds out the editor of his novel is going to be none other than Jackie O. is such a beautiful story about family, especially mothers and sons. I loved it!”

Grant Ginder (Honestly, We Meant Well): “I tore through Evan James’ debut, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, in a day, then immediately went back and reread my favorite parts. Maybe I’ve got a thing for dysfunctional, gin-soaked families, but the characters in this book are so charming and complex, it’s impossible not to fall head over heels in love with them.”

Sally Koslow (Another Side of Paradise): “Deborah Burns’ searingly honest memoir [Saturday’s Child] unpacks what it means to be the daughter of a mistaken-for-a-movie-star mom who refuses to be defeated by life. As uplifting as it is painful, it’s a loving tribute to the mother-child bond.”

Amy Poeppell (Limelight): “Elinor Lipman has done it again! I adored her latest novel, Good Riddance, a witty, charming story about a woman who attempts to toss out a 1968 high school yearbook that she’s inherited from her mother. The ‘treasure,‘ she soon learns, will not go away quietly. Such a delightful read!”

Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones and the SixCredit: Ballantine Books
Credit: Ballantine Books

Yangsze Choo (The Night Tiger): “Beautifully written, [the] unflinchingly honest and thought-provoking Miracle Creek unfurls through a courtroom drama about the death of a disabled child. Angie Kim deftly explores the lies that people tell themselves, the temptation of hope, and the struggles of the immigrant experience through the shifting lens of intensely believable characters.”

Abdi Nazemian (Like a Love Story): “I loved Daisy Jones & The Six so much that I refuse to believe they’re not a real band. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s storytelling is so powerful that I could hear the songs that rocketed the band to stardom in my head. But more importantly, I could feel all the emotions behind the songs. Ultimately, this is a beautiful book about human relationships, love, and the delicate act of creation.”

Nicola Harrison (Montauk): “I devoured The Husband Hour, by Jamie Brenner, during a weekend away in Miami. Set in a charming beach town on the Jersey Shore, it’s the heartfelt story of a young military widow who must come to terms with her past when a filmmaker exposes the truth around her husband’s death.”

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