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The Comfort of Lies: A Novel Paperback – January 28, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"The characters crackle with both intelligence and wit. Meyers’ women resonate as strong, complicated and conflicted, and the writing flows effortlessly in this sweet yet sassy novel about love, women and motherhood." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Randy Susan Meyers’s second novel is sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny...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." (The Boston Globe)
"Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family.” (Booklist)
"Meyers enriches her character development with class and career difficulties, as well as settings involving far differing neighborhoods of Boston. Readers who enjoyed The Memory Keepers Daughter or Jeanette Halen's Matter of Chance, will feel right at home in the anxious pages of Meyer’s captivating novel." (Library Journal)
"Meyers creates three distinct voices, with each woman speaking from a place of pain and strength while navigating complicated emotions in the aftermath of a life-changing event. The alternating perspectives maintain the intensity of the emotions and relationships, leading to the inevitable decision of which is more powerful: the harm caused by dishonesty, or the strength of forgiveness and love." (Romantic Times)
“Meyers delves into the layered facets of motherhood and how children not only shape the fate of their parents, but also manage to sometimes tinker with their emotional balance and sense of judgment." (Jewish Journal)
“Plunging us into the different minds and hearts of these characters, Meyers unearths how their relationships to Savannah are affected in multiple ways. But the author makes every perspective engaging. She conveys their inner and outer lives, and the varying ways they connect with each other and with Savannah, whose head is turned in three directions.” (Improper Bostonian)
“Meyers’ carefully told story is a satisfying examination of the imperfect paths we all walk.” (BookPage)
"Meyers teases out the well-orchestrated plot in a frank, lean narrative written in the alternating voices of the three women...creat[ing] psychologically complex protagonists by imbuing them with contradictions...it's hard to stop turning the pages of this book; much to her credit, Meyers keep us guessing untill the end." (Winnipeg Free Press)
“With The Comfort of Lies, Meyers’ complex characters feel familiar yet flawed, and this sharply-woven tale demonstrates her uncanny ability to explore and illuminate the nuances of life’s most thorny dilemmas.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
"I devoured this big-hearted story of three women whose lives collide years after a baby is put up for adoption. Meyers' wit and wisdom shine through, even when her characters are at their most sorrowful and confused. She writes with insight and compassion, about marriage, forgiveness, work, family and the true meaning of motherhood." (J. Courtney Sullivan bestselling author of Maine)
"The intertwining and heart-wrenching stories of how three women come to terms with the decisions they’ve made and those yet to make will touch you and stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Beautifully written. Strong characters. The Comfort of Lies is a powerful, poignant and riveting novel." (MJ Rose, international bestselling author)
“I devoured this book. Randy Susan Meyers writes with great empathy and insight about three distinct women and the unlikely intersection of their lives. The story will pull you into the uncomfortable space where truths are confronted, and lead you to the other side where the world looks brighter. A sensitive exploration of why we take refuge in the comfort of lies, and what happens when we dare to release ourselves from their power.” (Shilpi Somaya Gowda New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter)
"I spent many blissful, addicted hours with The Comfort of Lies, totally hooked on needing to know what happened next in the braided stories of Tia, Caroline, and Juliette. Meyers has an uncanny ability to get inside women whose circumstances dramatically divide them and show how at heart, we're all the same. Another unforgettable Meyers smash-hit." (Jenna Blum New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us)
"A fast-paced multi-narrator story that gets to the heart of the trade-offs of motherhood. You will be drawn in by these characters because of the mystery at the novel's center and relate to the ways in which they each create their own loneliness while surrounded by others." (Heidi W. Durrow New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky)
"The Comfort of Lies explores a complex and beautiful web of relationships between three very different women whose lives intersect in startling and heartrending ways. This is my favorite kind of read: a page-turner soaked in empathy with an elegant understanding of the human heart. Randy Susan Meyers is a first rate talent." (Joshilyn Jackson New York Times bestselling author of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty)
“Insightful, unsettling, and ultimately hopeful, The Comfort of Lies is a compelling, multilayered story. Randy Susan Meyers skillfully exposes the insecurities and strengths of three women who find their lives forever reshaped in the far-reaching wake of a little girl’s adoption.” (Beth Hoffman New York Times bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt)
“A novel about love, that explores its meaning with wise restlessness and no easy answers. Profound, clear-sighted and more than a bit slyly funny, this is a book to read, to reread and to share.” (Robin Black Author of If I loved you, I would tell you this)
"Randy Susan Meyers' thoughtful, gripping new novel explores the unlikely intersection of three women in crisis. The result is a haunting exploration of the secrets we keep - and how, in the aftermath of their detonation, shattered lives can be mended. Meyers is a major talent, and her writing is a gift to readers everywhere." (Sarak Pekkanen author of The Best of Us)
"A tender, yet sharp portrayal of the messy way three women stumble into each others’ worlds, Meyers explores the lies we tell each other, and maybe more importantly, the ones we tell ourselves. A whip-smart observation of the definition of family and ultimately, what it means to love." (Amy Hatvany author of Heart Like Mine)
"Randy Susan Meyers' must-read new novel, The Comfort of Lies, resonates with vibrations of love in forms as varied as a symphony: the discordant notes of jealousy, the sweet harmony of soulmates connecting, the high notes of sacrifice and forgiveness—all underscored by the sweeping passion of mother love that is embedded in its heart's core." (Marianne Leone author of Jesse, A Mother’s Story)
"A roller-coaster of a ride through the world of infidelity, unwed motherhood, and adoption. Randy Susan Meyers’ The Comfort of Lies deftly explores the importance of trust, and the power of love." (Meg Waite Clayton bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters)
"With warmth, you-are-there immediacy and impressive insight, Randy Susan Meyers explores both the destructive nature of lies and the redeeming power of hard truths. Every page in this multilayered novel of separate yet entangled lives not only illustrates the accommodations we make for love but also illuminates what it means to be a family. This book is an enormous accomplishment!" (Mameve Medwed bestselling author of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life)
"This meaningful novel is, at its heart, a multi-faceted love story. It's about how people do the wrong things for the right reasons and vice versa. This is the story of the ways that families-- bonded by blood and by choice-- can save or slay us. With a vision that is generous, yet unsentimental, The Comfort Of Lies is a testimony to the healing power of the truth." (Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow)
"Randy Susan Meyers plumbs the depth and intricacy of human entanglements, exploring them with a clear eye and compassion for each of her insightfully rendered characters. The Comfort of Lies is a riveting page-turner, conjuring the ways in which we compete with, lay claim to and ultimately love one another.” (Juliette Fay author of Shelter Me and Deep Down True)
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Five years ago Tia and Nathan had an affair that produced a baby. The problem is that Nathan was married and loved his wife Juliette. Tia believed she had found her soul mate and convinced herself that Nathan felt the same about her but he had no intention of leaving Juliette.
Nathan confessed the affair to Juliette but never mentioned the pregnancy, assuming that Tia would “take care of it.” Juliette finally is able to forgive Nathan and get on with their lives.
Tia put the baby up for adoption. Caroline, a die-hard workaholic, wasn't sure she wanted to adopt a child but gave in to make her husband Peter happy.
Juliette intercepted a letter from Tia to Nathan and learns he has a daughter. Now she questions whether she can trust Nathan at all. Did he go back to Tia? Is their affair not over? Has he had other affairs?
Juliette makes it her mission to find out about the baby who is now five years old. Her journey brings Nathan, Tia, Caroline, Peter, and the little girl Savannah together in ways you would not have imagined.
THE COMFORT OF LIES is a must read.
The story is about how lies ruin lives and destroy families. As the book opens, Nathan is having an affair with Tia who tells him she is five months pregnant. Nathan is married and has no plans to leave his wife Juliette, who he loves desperately. He loves Tia, too, but just not enough. He walks out on her. Tia has the baby and gives her up for adoption. Nathan tells Juliette about the affair but leaves out the part about Tia being pregnant which Juliette finds out later. All of this deflects outward, even affecting the adoptive family.
The story is well-written but a lot of what the characters are feeling is told to the reader rather than letting us find it out by ourselves. I would rather it have been more deeply characterized. The story is told from the viewpoint of each of the three women in the book - Tia, the baby's mother and Nathan's lover; Juliette, Nathan's wife; and Katherine, the adoptive mother.
There is a lot of angst, pain, and despair in this novel and it is definitely a page-turner. I got caught up in it early on.
Stories and lives unravel as Nathan's acts of betrayal come back to haunt them all--Tia, the young woman who fell in love with him and hoped to spend her life with him; his wife and sons, and Caroline and Peter the parents of Savannah.
Writing with skill, Meyers creates a wholly real yet haunting family drama in The Comfort of Lies. The characters are at once sympathetic and the next moment so completely foolish. Meyers examines fidelity and forgiveness, family and love in a thoughtful and introspective novel.
It starts with Tia Adagio, a young woman working in a senior citizens' program, and how she becomes attached to a young professor named Nathan Soros.
Their affair was more important to Tia than it was to him, apparently, as he leaves her after she announces her pregnancy. He goes home to his wife Juliette and two sons, and although he confesses the affair to his wife, he leaves out some vital information.
Peter and Caroline Fitzgerald adopt the baby girl, whom they name Savannah. To Tia, she will always be "Honor," the name she had picked out. And the adoption is somewhat open, in that Peter and Caroline send photos once a year.
Fast forward five years, and Tia makes a decision that will ultimately change everything for the three families, and will bring the women together in surprising ways.
Alternate perspectives reveal the story to the reader, and we see how Tia struggles with depression and how it affects her job performance. How she turns to someone else who might be able to rescue her. And then what leads to her ultimate decision for her life.
Juliette will be drawn into the mix when she stumbles upon something unexpected.
Caroline, a pediatric pathologist, is all about her work, so being a mother is especially challenging for her. Sometimes she feels that she is not really a good mother. The unfolding of events set in motion by Tia and Juliette help her to change things in her life.
How each of the women face what happened and learn how to craft new lives for themselves, without hiding important truths, is the crux of the story. I thought that the nice ending might have been a little pat, but it left me with a smile on my face. So...4.5 stars.
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