Do you marry your best friend because time is running out, or wait, hoping that magic will happen?


About Maddie

Maddie Dawson, a transplanted Southerner living in the Northeast,  is the Washington Post bestselling author of nine novels. She specializes in humorous literary fiction, about people stumbling toward love, family, connection, and hope—and usually finding it in the most unlikely circumstances. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages.

About The Magic of Found Objects

Phronsie Linnelle was conceived at Woodstock, the daughter of a free-spirited hippie and a farmer's son--and her whole life she's been torn between magic and practicality. Now betrayed by love and the mother she once idolized, her practical side is winning.

So when her best friend from childhood suggests they forget about romance and marry each other to have kids, she says yes.

But should she listen to her mother who shows up, saying the universe has a different plan for her?



The Magic of Found Objects is wonderful fun! Maddie Dawson is such an engaging and charming writer.”

—Robin Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A charming tale about what happens when your head tells you to settle but your heart keeps whispering something else. Funny, poignant, and beautifully clear-eyed, a delightfully grownup coming of age story."

—Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls

“With humor, tenderness, and some of the strongest female characters to ever grace a page, Maddie Dawson delivers with The Magic of Found Objects.

Karen Hawkins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Book Charmer

“A witty and wonderful romp through the mind of an entertaining woman who wants it all and has the guts to go out and get it."

Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects

"The Magic of Found Objects is a delightful, feel-good tale of friendship and marriage, motherhood and sacrifice, disillusionment and hope."

Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs

“Dawson is a generous storyteller, creating characters who are both complex and unexpected while being wholly relatable.” 

—Kirkus Reviews