Real Life & Liars (Paperback)

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MARCH 2012

Kristina Riggle is my favorite Michigan author. This is her first book, and her fourth one comes out June 26.

In Real Life & Liars, which takes place in Charlevoix, Mira
has been diagnosed with cancer, but doesn't want to do any treatments.
When her "adult" children come home to help celebrate Mira and Max's
50th Anniversary, all of their problems spill out all over each other
and their parents. Add Mira's secret to all these family problems and
the week-end promises to break some hearts, though love found at the
same time.

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— jill


Sometimes you find happiness where, and when, you least expect it.

For Mirabelle Zielinski's children, happiness always seems to be just out of reach. Her polished oldest daughter, Katya, clings to a stale marriage with a workaholic husband and three spoiled children. Her son, Ivan, so creative, is a down-in-the-dumps songwriter with the worst taste in women. And the "baby," impulsive Irina, who lives life on a whim, is now reluctantly pregnant and hitched to a man who is twice her age. On the weekend of their parents' anniversary party, lies will be revealed, hearts will be broken...but love will also be found. And the biggest shock may come from Mirabelle herself, because she has a secret that will change everything.

About the Author

Kristina Riggle is a published short story writer and coeditor for fiction at the e-zine Literary Mama. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, two kids, and dog.

Praise For…

Riggle crafts a moving and accomplished first novel about a family coming to terms with change.
— Booklist

“A seemingly celebratory gathering brings joy, frustration, love and disappointment to a midwestern family in this wonderful debut novel. These are characters we know and care about from our own lives.”
— Denise Taylor, manager, Schuler Books and Music

In her wondrously affecting debut novel REAL LIFE AND LIARS, Kristina Riggle accomplished something authors almost never do anymore: she made me care about her characters - and what a wide-ranging cast of characters they are! She made me want good things for them. A must-read for summer 2009.
— Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

“Real Life and Liars depicts a family gathering with forensic precision: we see the characters raw in front of us. But Kristina Riggle’s moving and well-executed novel also embraces human fraility and serves up family complexities like a celebration buffet.”
— Eliza Graham, author of Restitution and Playing with the Moon

“Written with grace, passion, and insight, REAL LIFE AND LIARS is a deeply felt novel that draws a vivid portrait of a family in transition, and examines the very real fear of leaving behind all you hold dear.”
— Maggie Dana, author of BEACHCOMBING
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061706288
ISBN-10: 0061706280
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 16th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English