• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
“Things We Didn’t Say is impossible to put down, and even harder to let go of.”
—Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love
What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . .
What makes up a family? For Casey it’s sharing a house with her fiancé, Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey’s plans have come undone. Michael’s silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, while the wide-eyed youngest, Jewel, quietly takes it all in.
Then Michael’s son, Dylan, runs off, and the kids’ mother, a woman never afraid to say what she thinks, noisily barges into the home. That’s when Casey decides that the silences can no longer continue. She must begin speaking the words no one else can say. She’ll have to dig up secrets—including her own—uncovering the hurts, and begin the healing that is long overdue. And it all starts with just a few tentative words. . . .
Kristina Riggle lives and writes in West Michigan. Besides her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, she has published short stories in the Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction, and elsewhere. She is also a freelance journalist writing primarily for The Grand Rapids Press, and coeditor for fiction at Literary Mama. Kristina was a full-time newspaper reporter for seven years before turning her attention to creative writing and freelancing. As well as writing, she enjoys spending lots of time with her husband, two kids, and dog.
Real Life & Liars is set in Charlevoix, Michigan, a town close to Kristina’s heart as the home of her grandparents where she has visited often over the years. Some recognizable Charlevoix landmarks appear in the novel, as well as fictionalized versions of real places. The home of the Zielinski family on Dixon Avenue is based loosely on the house where her grandmother grew up.
Kristina’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, June 28th: As I turn the pages
Thursday, June 30th: Books Like Breathing
Monday, July 4th: Debbie’s Book Bag
Tuesday, July 5th: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, July 6th: I’m Booking It
Thursday, July 7th: Life in the Thumb
Monday, July 11th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Tuesday, July 12th: Book Club Classics!
Wednesday, July 13th: The Book Chick
Sunday, July 17th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Friday, July 22nd: Colloquium