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The Comfort of Lies: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Randy Susan Meyers
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Happiness at someone else’s expense came at a price. Tia had imagined judgment from the first kiss that she and Nathan shared. All year, she’d waited to be punished for being in love, and in truth, she believed that whatever consequences came her way would be deserved.”

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again, and she trusted him.

But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.

Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.


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From Booklist

An affair changes the lives of three women in the second novel by the author of The Murderer’s Daughters (2010). When Tia gets pregnant at 24, she hopes her married lover, Nathan, will leave his wife, Juliette. When he refuses to break up his family, Tia decides to give her child up for adoption. She chooses Caroline and Peter, a pathologist and a businessman, who name the little girl Savannah. Though Peter embraces fatherhood, Caroline’s passion is for her career, leading her to question her skills as a mother. When Savannah turns five, Tia sends Nathan a letter, along with pictures of the child, which is intercepted by Juliette. The missive not only causes Juliette’s anger over the affair to resurface, but it also makes her curious about her husband’s child, leading her to seek out Caroline. Tia, still carrying a torch for Nathan, contemplates the possibility of getting her daughter back. Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family. --Kristine Huntley

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"...sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny when the author skewers Boston's class and neighborhood dividing lines, but it has a lot of heart, too. Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage ­-- the simple joys of stability, the pleasures of veteran intimacy ­-- and deftly dissects just how ugly things can get after infidelity."
--Boston Globe

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  • File Size: 2978 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2AORA
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate, Witty Wisdom February 12, 2013
By Dorothy
Format:Kindle Edition
This a book you cannot put down in which three women's lives are braided around the conception, birth and adoption of a girl who is the product of an extra-marital affair. I have been so excited to read that and it was EVEN BETTER than I thought it would be. (I LOVED Meyers's first book The Murderer's Daughter.) What's really stunning about Meyers's work is that she works through some very heavy topics here without once stepping into a too-heavy or ponderous feel. It's a lively, smart book that tells a great story. But it does more than just tell a story - it makes you think. I absolutely inhaled this book. Lucky readers!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will want to read late into the night! February 22, 2013
Format:Hardcover
The lives of three women intersect, because of one man. Nathan is married to Juliette and they have two boys and a beautiful life together. For reasons he can't explain he begins an affair with Tia, a young woman from the South side of Boston. Nathan has the best of two worlds until Tia tells him she is expecting a baby. Nathan tells her to take care of it and walks out of her life. He later confesses his affair to his wife.

Tia trying to redeem herself from having an affair with a married man refuses to have an abortion. Instead Tia decides the best choice is adoption.

Caroline is a dedicated pathologist, she works long hours and hates leaving her lab. But she loves her husband very much and he's pressuring her to adopt a baby. Against her better judgement she follows through with the adoption.

Five years later, Tia can't let the idea of Nathan go. When her yearly envelope arrives with pictures of her young daughter Tia decides to send a letter to Nathan. When the letter and pictures arrive at Nathan's home, its his wife Juliette who gets the letter. Nathan never told her there was a baby, and yet there in front of her is the proof of his affair...a little girl who looks remarkably like their youngest son.

Juliette becomes obsessed with the little girl and where she is. It doesn't take long before the lives of these three women become more entangled and the outcome for all of them is uncertain.

Talk about a book you can't put down! The more I read the more I was captivated by the story. I mean I didn't even know how I wanted things to play out in the end! I kept thinking what's going to happen? Oh I don't like her or I get her, but. None of these women are perfect. You have Tia on one hand that is simply a hot mess.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perspectives on Motherhood May 10, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Susan Randy Meyer's newest novel, The Comfort of Lies, revolves around the conception, birth, and adoption of a little girl, and the effect this has on the women it impacts.

Though the heart of the story is the drama that unfolds around the discovery of a child that was the product of an affair, the real power of The Comfort of Lies is its examination of motherhood as portrayed by the three female protagonists. Is Tia's decision to give her daughter up for adoption because of the pain she felt at her lover's abandonment a commendable sacrifice or selfish? Does Caroline's honest assessment of her unhappiness in motherhood make her a bad mother, and is this compounded by the fact that her child is adopted? Is Juliette's connection to this child legitimate, and to what extent should she expect involvement in the life of the child her husband abandoned? These questions are left up to the reader to answer, though Meyers paints a sympathetic view of all of the characters, sometimes to a fault.

The writing was unremarkable and the story felt predictable, both in the resolution and the behavior of the characters. Not a single character was well-developed or particularly likable and, despite Meyers' attempts to make these women seem strong, the most important decisions in their lives are heavily influenced, albeit sometimes indirectly, by the men in their lives.

Overall, I found the realistic portrayal of infidelity and motherhood compelling enough to finish the novel, but I didn't feel much sympathy for or interest in the characters themselves. I'd recommend this book to someone who enjoys family dramas, perhaps, but not to someone looking for a book that packs a strong emotional punch.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having very much enjoyed Myers first novel, THE MURDER'S DAUGHTERS, I was glad to see her writing and story telling abilities remain strong in her 2nd novel. A complexly woven tale of the potential consequences of deceit in marriage, and in life generally, you want to know what happens with all the characters, even if you disagree with their choices. Highly recommend.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt look at the fallout of infidelity February 12, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was fortunate to read an early copy of this book, and was riveted by this story about the fallout of infidelity -- the complexities of three women, their complicated claims to one child, and their knotty relationships with the men in their lives (two of them to the same man). Not all women approach or experience motherhood in the same way, and this book dares to ask, Does anyone "deserve" to be a mother more than another? I loved The Murderer's Daughters, and Meyers has applied her same emotional-honesty radar to this book. She writes with heart and wisdom and, most importantly, without easy judgement.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex issues...Complex characters February 18, 2013
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Randy Susan Meyer has the capacity to make her different yet similiar characters believable. I didn't like all her characters, and that's a good thing...and at the same time I could empathize with their various struggles: Issues of adoption, mothering, working women, shame, guilt, forgiveness, and redemption are all addressed seriously while being neither moralistic nor ponderous. The fact that The Comfort of Lies was a quick read speaks to its compelling nature, not the superficiality of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It all comes together
The story is about the entanglement of three very different women with one little girl. This is great if you love the plots if movies and books where all the characters have some... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Elaine Le
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Storyline.
I read this, because I enjoyed the"Murder's daughter". This book is not as good.
The storyline is weak, and the characters don't have much depth. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Stephanie Cochin
5.0 out of 5 stars sad
Almost to real and to sad to keep reading!
Not for all but if u had the choice of adoption or giving a child
A life without ?
What choice is best?
Published 25 days ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a fan.
Published 27 days ago by Monica McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the title & it was a good read
I love the title & it was a good read. Not exactly what I had expected by the title but I have learned "one is only as sick as the secret one keeps" so the title intrigued... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Xanthakis
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
What a good book - once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. Basically, it's the story of 3 women and family. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack's Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. I enjoyed it very much. It was a book club selection and it presented an interesting discussion.
Published 2 months ago by Brenda Hilsberg
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the book and the story but the Characters got ...
I like the book and the story but the Characters got on my nerves. I don't think I would even been friends with this ladies.
Published 2 months ago by Kim Altheide
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great writing style, first to last page held me.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanee Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible story
It was a terrific story about that wrongs we make and they they don't only affect you but all the others involved. Read more
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More About the Author

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being "Karen" and "The Family Nobody Wanted." Shortly I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.

My dreams of justice simmered at the fantastically broadminded Camp Mikan, where I went from camper to counselor, culminating in a high point when (with the help of my strongly Brooklyn-accented singing voice), I landed the role of Adelaide in the staff production of "Guys and Dolls."

Soon I was ready to change the world, starting with my protests at Tilden High and City College of New York, until I left to pursue the dream in Berkeley, California, where I supported myself by selling candy, nuts, and ice cream in Bartons of San Francisco. Then, world-weary at too-tender an age, I returned to New York, married, and traded demonstrations for diapers.

While raising two daughters, I tended bar, co-authored a nonfiction book on parenting, ran a summer camp, and (in my all-time favorite job, other than writing) helped resurrect and run a community center.

Once my girls left for college, I threw myself deeper into social service and education by working with batterers and victims of domestic violence. I'm certain my novels are imbued with all the above, as well as my journey from obsessing over bad boys to loving a good man.

Many things can save your life--children who warm your heart, the love of a good man, a circle of wonderful friends, and a great sister. After a tumultuous start in life, I'm lucky enough to now have all these things. I live in Boston with my husband, where I live by the words of Gustave Flaubert: "Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

My next novel, ACCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE releases on Sept 2. Kirkus, in a starred review, wrote: "Meyers puts a Boston family overwhelmed by a tragic accident under the literary microscope." In this book I examine the question: When is a marriage too broken to save?

My first novel, THE MURDERER'S DAUGHTERS was chosen as a Target Book Club Pick, Massachusetts "Must Read" Fiction, and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, who wrote:

"From the very first page and straight on until the last, the clear and distinctive voice of Randy Susan Meyers's The Murderer's Daughters will have you enraptured and wanting more--even though self- preservation may curl you into a ball to shield yourself from the painful circumstances of the two sisters. This is a heart- breaking and powerful novel." Massachusetts Center for The Book,

My second novel, THE COMFORT OF LIES, released from Atria/Simon & Shuster in February 2013, a novel about an affair and the three very different women whose lives become intertwined in its aftermath: Tia, the woman who fell in love with a married man, got pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption; Juliet whose husband had the relationship with Tia; and Caroline, the woman who adopted the child that Tia couldn't bear to raise alone. These are three women who should never have met--and when they do, their lives collide in ways that none of them could have predicted.

The Boston Globe wrote: "Randy Susan Meyers's second novel is sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny when the author skewers Boston's class and neighborhood dividing lines, but it has a lot of heart, too. Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage ­-- the simple joys of stability, the pleasures of veteran intimacy ­-- and deftly dissects just how ugly things can get after infidelity. The battles these women fight take place on a small stage, yet they're anything but trivial: saving a marriage, making a meaningful career, learning to parent. In the end, thanks to Meyers's astute, sympathetic observation, we want these women to win."




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