O's 2013 Summer Reading List

If your idea of the perfect summer romance is finding a great new read to fall in love with, you've come to the right place. Here are the season's un-put-down-able titles recommended by Gillian Flynn, Jeanette Winterson and Karen Russell.
Photo: Martha Pavlidou

If You Were Here

384 pages; Harper
This author reminds me of Laura Lippman in the sense that you know you're in good hands with her, and can relax without wondering if things are going to fall apart midway through. Burke is a former prosecutor, and this book starts out as an investigation. A reporter chasing the story of a woman who saved a teenager on the subway tracks realizes the rescuer may be a friend who'd disappeared. Burke's female characters are always very involving, with big, strong voices.
— Gillian Flynn