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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:58 am
Dusty Book: Real Life and Liars
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

For my recent program for the Adult Reading Round Table, “Top 5“, I revisited some of the categories and updated the “up and comers”. For Women’s Fiction, I added Kristina Riggle, who happens to have a new book out last month, and I’d like to showcase her first book here.

In Real Life and Liars,  Riggle tells the story of free-spirited Mirabelle, a 60-something woman who decides to not follow through with treatment when she’s diagnosed with breast cancer.  Needless to say, her biggest hurdle with that plan is how her dysfunctional family is going to take the news, consisting of her grown children who have returned to their hometown for Mirabelle and her husband’s 35th wedding anniversary.  Full of family secrets, funny moments, and realistic characters, this is a gem for readers looking for a new voice in Women’s Fiction.  It would also make a good choice for book discussion groups.


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