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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gemini Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967878926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967878928
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National USA Book News Best Books 2007 Award Winner
National Indie Excellence Awards 2008 Winner /

"LIVING, BREATHING LIES is a powerful character study that focuses in on dysfunctional interrelationships built on fabrications. As the web of lies....begins to unravel one thread at a time, readers will demand more angst family dramas like this tense tale." --Harriet Klausner

A Message from the Author: Dear reader, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the typos and grammatical errors you are finding in Living, Breathing Lies. Although I hired a copyeditor, I was negligent in doing a final read, which is what I've done with all of my previous books. I promise, this won't happen again. All the best ---- --Gloria Mallette

About the Author

"Powerful and riveting. Gloria Mallette has mastered the art of taking readers on the ride of their lives, leaving them drenched and begging for more." Tracy Price-Thompson, 2005 Hurston/Wright Award Winner for Contemporary Fiction.

More About the Author

Nationally acclaimed award winning author GLORIA MALLETTE began her true literary journey by self-publishing her second novel Shades of Jade in April of 2000. By July Gloria had sold over 10,000 copieswhen Random House signed her to a two-book deal and re-released Shades of Jade in 2001. Shades of Jade made several best sellers lists, including Black Board, Essence Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and The Washington Post/Washington is Also Reading listing.

Gloria has been featured in The New York Daily News, USAToday, ToDay's Black Woman, Upscale Magazine, and The Pocono Record. Gloria also has had a featured novella, Come Tomorrow, on the USAToday website.

To her credit, Gloria now has ten published titles which include SASSY; Weeping Willows Dance; and Living, Breathing Lies.

Gloria is the Winner of the 2010 and 2008 Indie Excellence Award; and the Winner of the 2007 National Best Books Awards and Finalist of the 2009 National Best Books Award.

Called a triple threat, Gloria is an artist who paints in acrylics and a jewelry maker of beautiful semi-precious stone bracelets and earrings which can be seen on her website:

Look for Gloria's next book, Mama Can You Hear Me? in 2014.
Visit Gloria on; and at

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This is one of the books we all enjoyed but "Shade of Jade" is still at the top of our book club list.
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A fast reading, page turning "I got to get this book" read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pretty Brown Girl VINE VOICE on June 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Gloria Mallette's latest offering, Living, Breathing Lies, is a family drama that illustrates the ill-fated after effects of abject lying and guarded deception. The Richards Family is headed by the bitter, selfish matriarch, Stephanie. She has been married to New York City firefighter, Lester, for years. They have an adopted niece, elementary school teacher, Nadirah Lewis, and older twin children, Les, a music producer, prodigal son of sorts and Lynn, an equally absentee daughter who lives in Bostonwith her husband and two children. While Stephanie is a heartless mother and evil aunt, Lester is the nicest, most devoted loving husband/father/ uncle/friend; and for years is the victim of Stephanie's biting tongue and no one understands why he tolerates her.

A household "accident" cripples Stephanie and she pounces on the opportunity to manipulate Nadirah into guilt-ridden servitude which lasts over seventeen years. When the proverbial "straw" eventually breaks Nadirah's back, she threatens to move away which sends Stephanie into a panic -- the fear of living alone is unimaginable. When a mysterious call to the school's principal implicates Nadirah in a sordid affair with one of the community center teenaged boys, her job is jeopardized and she immediately suspects Stephanie as the culprit. She enlists the help of Cousin Lynn to help deal with Stephanie. Unlike her mother, Lynn is compassionate and giving, going over and beyond by using her connections to allow Nadirah to board rent-free in a luxurious town home of a handsome and almost-divorced Austin Gray and even volunteering to stick around for a few days to find the truth behind the false accusation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Robinson on April 12, 2007
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In Living, Breathing Lies, Nadirah Lewis is devastated when she discovers that she has been forced to live a lie--for seventeen years. As a child, she was blamed for crippling her unloving guardian, Aunt Stephanie, in a fall and...guilt has kept her the devoted family "slave" for many years. Everyone around Aunt Stephanie is plagued by these enormous lies, which begin to ricochet from family members to friends and back to family members. Nadirah is a teacher and becomes a foster parent for one of her students, Bree Morrison. Just as things turn for the better, Erma, Bree's Aunt, brings an even more vicious set of lies from the past that begin emerging and affecting everyone around her. Amazingly every character in this book is caught up in a web of lies and they are all living, breathing lies! Mallette has made the reader do some serious soul searching and ask themselves...Why is it so hard to tell the truth, but so easy to tell a lie?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on July 28, 2007
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What do you do when you find out the person who was charged with your care doesn't really care about you? What do you do when the situation is reversed and that same person is now dependent upon you for their care? And what do you do when you find out this person has lied to you and manipulated you with no remorse for seventeen years? This is exactly the situation Nadirah Lewis suddenly finds herself facing. Her Aunt Stephanie is lying to her, a co-worker is lying on her, and her cousin Lynn's husband...well, he's just outright scandalous. He drags Lynn into his schemes kicking and screaming, which causes even more confusion for Nadirah. The drastic results that follow are just the tip of the iceberg.

Gloria Mallette is back with LIVING, BREATHING LIES, a tale so rife with drama, lies, and schemes, it just might have you taking a second, third or even fourth look at your life and the people around you to see if what you believe to be true actually is. I'm not sure how Mallette keeps creating these characters you just love to hate, and how she keeps developing storylines that are so outrageous you find yourself talking to the book as you eagerly flip the pages trying to find out more. However she does it, it's all good, and I'm a fan for life.

Reviewed by Renee Williams
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aNN on August 14, 2007
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Living Breathing Lies thrives on emotional instability and inhumanness because of lies. It yields two separate families with roots so tangled they choke the life from innocent victims.

Eleven-year-old Nadirah Lewis became a ward of her father's sister, Stephanie. Stephanie, with her own twisted lies, made Nadiarh's life a living hell. Nadirah's savior was her aunt's husband, until his death some nine years later. Emotional weakness and guilt over an accident that crippled her aunt has kept Nadirah a prisoner in her aunt's home. Nadirah is now an elementary school teacher, and in ten months, on her thirtieth birthday, she will inherit four million dollars; she wonders if she is too emotionally crippled to stand on her own? Her cousin Lynn doesn't think so. Stephanie's daughter Lynn left home when Nadirah was thirteen years old; but suddenly Lynn is back in her life.

Bree, one of Nadirah's students, is a troubled eight-year-old who reminds Nadirah's of herself. Nadirah has learned so much and everything is starting to overwhelm her. When bitter, oppressive lies are revealed Nadirah finds the strength to flee her aunt's home. She finds solace in the home of a friend of Lynn and gains temporary custody of Bree. As Nadirah starts transforming, lies threaten her career, disturbed family members surface, and they discover a disturbing connection between the two families. A connection that changes the lives of everyone in Nadirah's world.

Ms. Mallette writes serious human drama. Living, Breathing Lies displays the most human tragedy to date, as it reveals several characters living in a dysfunctional abyss, mainly because of family lies. Readers will find themselves tangled in the emotions of the characters and empathetic to their struggles. The book oddly displays a deep sense of hopelessness and hopefulness at the same time. If you've ever suffered from someone's lies, this story will hit home.
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