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"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.

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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: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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9 of 9 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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5 of 5 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.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhymes, Views & News Reviews on October 21, 2007
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Can Aunt Stephanie really walk after seventeen years of deceiving her late husband Lester, her children and niece Nadirah who waited on her hand and foot? Will Nadirah ever gain her independence and sense of self confidence that was ripped away from her by Aunt Stephanie? Is BJ the one who made the anonymous call to Nadirah's teaching job, claiming she had an affair with a young student at the Empowerment Center? Is Lynn's marriage a sham and is she plotting to steal Nadirah's trust fund money since her husband landed them in a mountain of debt? Will Nadirah ever experience true love and have a family of her own one day? Will Bree, the little girl Nadirah loves and wants to protect so desperately from Bree's twisted mother, be able to live with her permanently? These and other questions relating to this provocative story of love, lies and betrayal will be answered after you read Living, Breathing Lies by Gloria Mallette.

The novel clearly shows the harm that secrets and lies created within a family, and hid amongst loved ones, can truly do to a person. A lie can make a person kill, steal or destroy. A lie can crumble a life, snuff out a person's self worth and keep someone filled with unbearable pain and anguish. The main character and heroine, Nadirah, wants to be free, yet Aunt Stephanie wants to keep her in bondage. Lynn, Nadirah's cousin (and Aunt Stephanie's daughter) wants desperately to take her two kids and leave her husband Byron, a stone cold abuser and failed day trader. Austin, a college friend of Lynn and Byron's, and Nadirah's landlord, regrets the day he ever met his soon to be ex-wife Erma or Erma's sister Dorothy, who doesn't wish to live another day.
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