Staff Picks: Books

Staff-recommended reading from the KPL catalog.

Real Life and Liars

There’s nothing like a family gathering to increase tension among kin. In Real Life and Liars, the debut novel by Grand Rapids native Kristina Riggle, readers are brought along to a celebratory weekend in Charlevoix.

It’s Mira and Max’s 35th wedding anniversary. Mira, who recently learned she has breast cancer, hasn’t decided whether to pursue treatment, and her indecision has placed a wedge between her and Max, causing past hurts and resentments to surface. Mira also hasn’t decided how and when to tell their adult children, two daughters and a son, all of whom are juggling their own share of troubles. As the weekend progresses, it brews up a storm.

The trials and uneasy negotiations that come with being part of a family are real life, Riggle’s story tells us. Anything else just isn’t true.

Meet Kristina Riggle on Feb. 3 as she reads from and signs copies of her book.

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Real Life and Liars
9780061706288
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