Finalist: National Indie Excellence Awards 2019.
Playful. Compelling. 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, 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 truth, friendship, and free will.
Think: The Help meets The Hours.
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About the Author
Livi Hallahan believes anything and everything should be out in the open for respectful discussion. And in that, she's a tireless advocate of speaking up. Truth and tact.
In her debut novel, "What You Don't See," she takes on typically hushed subject matter and creates an entire world of argumentation around it, presenting multiple views that conflict and struggle with the norm. It's a book club must read.
Livi grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast but spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles and Pasadena, pivoting from PR and marketing exec to full-time mom to college lecturer in philosophy. Currently, she lives in San Diego.