The Life You've Imagined: A Novel (Paperback)
I love this author! This is the second book she wrote, and her fourth book is coming out in June.
In each of her books, she uses first person narrative, with several
characters' perspectives explored. So, you get to see a particular event
in the story from several characters' point of view.
Here, Cami, Anna and Amy were best friends in high school, but now they
are in their late twenties and each is struggling with how she expected
life to be and how it is actually turning out. Also, Maeve, Anna's mom,
has her own problems - a small store she owns that is barely scraping by
and a husband who has been "missing" for many years.
Kristina Riggle knows how to make you care about each character as if she were your best friend!
September 2010 Indie Next List
“Are you living the life you've imagined? This is a universal and timeless question that can be difficult to answer, but Riggle's second novel examines this particular inquiry with humor, insight, and empathy. The reader follows the paths of Cami, Anna, and Amy as they evaluate their relationships with family, friends, and significant others, their career choices, and their hopes and dreams for the future. This will make a great book club selection.”
— Roni K Devlin, Literary Life Bookstore & More, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
“A richly woven story laced with unforgettable characters….A beautiful book.”
—Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy
“The Life You’ve Imagined is a terrific novel about love and loss, letting go and holding on. A book to share with family and friends—I loved it.”
—Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy
From Kristina Riggle, author of the brilliant debut Real Life & Liars, comes The Life You’ve Imagined, an astonishing new novel about love, loss, life, and hope. It’s the story of four former high school friends who are forced to examine what happened to their high school dreams which are now at odds with their grown-up reality.
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.
“The Life You’ve Imagined is a richly woven story laced with unforgettable characters. Cami, Maeve, Anna, and Amy will snag your heart as they explore the sometimes-wide chasm between hope and reality. A beautiful book.”
— Therese Walsh, author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy
“Backed by Riggle’s trademark unflinching honesty and imbued with heart and hope, The Life You’ve Imagined is a terrific novel about love and loss, letting go and holding on. A book to share with family and friends—I loved it.”
— Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy
“Kristina Riggle writes women’s fiction with soul. Her characters are both familiar and quirky, and reading their stories is like spending a weekend catching up with your oldest friends. You come away laughing and also touched that someone knows you so well.”
— Tiffany Baker, New York Times' bestselling author, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
Riggle, author of Real Life and Liars (2009), explores what happens when real life diverges sharply from childhood dreams. Her strong and complicated female characters are interesting and likable, and she ably weaves together multiple story lines.
“An entertaining, challenging story with the potential to change us if we let it.”
— Grand Rapids Press