Real Life & Liars

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Riggle crafts a moving and accomplished first novel about a family coming to terms with change.
Denise Taylor
“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.”
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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.
Eliza Graham
“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.”
Maggie Dana
“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.”
Denise Taylor
"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."
Eliza Graham
"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."
Maggie Dana
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061706288
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 845,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2009

    Fitting Title

    This was a great read! The title is absolutely fitting for the plot and characters. The best part of the novel is the fact that the problems and characters are true to life and believable. And just like life not every problem could be fixed by the time the credits are rolling but at least on the way. Great book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    Stunning review

    LOVED it. Funny, suspenseful, affecting and just downright wonderful. It's amazing this is a debut book. Don't let the cancer thing put you off; this novel is about much more than illness. This is a novel about the wonderful foilbles of family life. Reminded me a little of Anne Tyley, only with more plot. Don't miss it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Engrossing

    I loved the author's style- the book is written from the perspective of multiple characters experiencing a family crisis over the span of a weekend. It enables a quick and engrossing read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book - I couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    Family dynamics

    I enjoy reading books about family dynamics. Each family member has his/her own role that allows the family to function. In Real Life and Liars, Ms. Riggle explores the depth of family relationships.

    The story is told by the four main characters in alternating chapters. There's Mirabelle, the hippie, nonconformist mother; Katya, the oldest, materialistic daughter; Ivan, the insecure, middle son; and Irina, the youngest daughter without a sense of direction. The children come home for a weekend visit to celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary. As each child arrives, with his and her personal problems, Mira is also keeping a secret of her own. She's made her decision about her fate, and now she hopes her family can accept it.

    Ms. Riggle did a fantastic job of writing each character and allowing him/her to have his/her own voice. Only Mira's point of view is written in first person and I thought that only added to the richness of the story. Readers will feel compassion for this family when Mira finally shares her secret with her children.

    Real Life and Liars is an honest look into what makes a family a family. The Zielinskis are far from perfect. They may not see eye to eye on things, however when it's time to come together, they show up ready to support each other. I liked the uniqueness of each child and how he/she played a significant part to the family dynamic. As I read each scene, I could vividly picture each character in my mind and thought this would make a great movie.

    Real Life and Liars is Ms. Riggle's debut novel which I highly recommend. The next time you're at a book store or your local library, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.it's that good!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    ANDREWS HOME

    Is here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    To harms

    My nook broke so I have to use my phone

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Harmonie

    Ok. Btw...I WON 2 TIMES!!!! Ha. Woodson: 13 Morgan: 8 *laughs* u keep forgetng tht. And whn u get u email, email me; harm rose woodson @ gmail . Com ((no spaces.))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Jason

    Im so sorry Harmonie

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Wow!!

    This book sounded SO much like my family, it was scary!! However, I loved reading this book, the family dynamics will speak to anyone.

    Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Ok but drawn out

    Good story line, slow going.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Looks sad

    I havent read it but it looks sad :(

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    good but not great

    great story...great characters. quick, easy read.

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