For two moms: How close is too close?
Playful, compelling, and deeply layered, What You Don’t See raises the stakes in friendship against the bittersweet backdrop of motherhood and the endlessly entertaining activities of well-heeled women’s groups. The story follows Livi, a spirited, outspoken PR executive, pivoting at thirty to full-time wife and mom. That goes better than imagined, that is, until she gets entangled in a romantic relationship with another mom.
But no coming-out party. No new set of indie friends.
At first, Livi’s able to defend the relationship, asserting it can all be perfectly normal in a world of well-meaning adults. But her ability to live transparently in this complex web loosens as her girlfriend resists truth, dragging Livi into a world of deceit and subterfuge.
What You Don’t See—set in an affluent Southern California neighborhood and a local hangout bar on the Mississippi Gulf Coast—is anything but ordinary. There’s a talking, know-it-all cat; a large, menacing cockroach; and a host of colorful characters, stirring it up as Livi wrestles with timeless questions of intimacy, friendship, and the yearning for meaningful relationships.
Think: The Help meets The Hours.
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About the Author
Livi Hallahan grew up in Biloxi, Mississippi, but spent most of her adult life in the Los Angeles area. She now lives in San Diego. What You Don’t See is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received an early release of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! This is a story of 2 women who become best friends and then develop an intimate relationship and how that relationship challenges their concepts of themselves, each other and society. This story immediately draws you in and takes you from a gulf-town in Mississippi to an upper class neighborhood in Pasadena, California over the span of 20 years. This is a book about love, friendship, and finding the truth about yourself. In addition to the well-developed characters and the elegant way the story is written, I especially loved the family stories set in the south. This book made me laugh and cry - It was like sitting down with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time and having a conversation that lasts from coffee to cocktails where you learn something unexpected but totally right about them.
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of a book with a captivating cover. It was well written, as expected of a literary novel, and it had engaging characters that were not always likable but always relatable. I was immediately immersed in the protagonist’s story. Her privileged world doesn’t make her immune to problems and I enjoyed reading how she navigates through her relationship woes and grapples with the meaning of love, friendship, and honesty. Witty, poignant and always smart, this is a contemporary tale that the reader will find entertaining and informative!