Author Susan Wiggs Shares Her April Reads
Asking a writer to pick just five upcoming books is like asking a chocolate addict to pick just five candies from the Godiva box. However, in the interest of the advancement of great reading, I will give it a stab.
I have a to-be-read list that is longer than any human is destined to live, but that doesn't stop me from buying books. This spring, the titles on the top of my list include:
"Love Water Memory" by Jennie Shortridge, whose books are touching, haunting and dramatic. It's an amnesia story, and lord knows, I'm a sucker for amnesia stories. Also, Jennie is a founding member of Seattle7Writers.org, a group of Northwest authors (of which I'm proud to be a part) devoted to supporting literacy in our local community.
Which brings me to Nancy Thayer's "Island Girls." (Are you beginning to sense a theme here?). I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this one, and I loved it. The Randall sisters are like your own family members or your best friends: funny, smart and emotional, infuriating and good-hearted. Here is a book to be savored and passed on to the good women in your life.
"Tapestry of Fortunes" by Elizabeth Berg is also on my list because 1) it's by Elizabeth Berg, whose writing I've always loved and 2) it's about four women coming together to reinvent themselves and move ahead with their lives. In reality, four women under one roof seems like a recipe for disaster, but in the hands of Elizabeth Berg, it's sure to be an entertaining read.
And finally, "What She Wants" by Sheila Roberts is what I want in my hot little hands. It's the next book in the author's acclaimed "Life in Icicle Falls" series and it promises to be as warm, witty and wise as all this author's books. The geek-makes-good storyline is always a winner with readers.
Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on a Puget Sound island and finds inspiration in the rhythm of the seasons, and in emotional dramas of everyday life. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has received three RITA(R) Awards and numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages. The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, and a passionate supporter of libraries and literacy. She loves hiking, biking, yoga and skiing, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. Please visit her at www.SusanWiggs.com, and check out her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/susanwiggs. Her latest book is "The Apple Orchard," new in hardcover, audio and e-book, goes on sale April 30.