Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers (CLOSED)

Back in August, I read The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers for the Book Lovers Unite Book Club, and I really enjoyed it! You can find my thoughts on the book here. The book has recently been released in paperback.   




“Sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny…Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage.”The Boston Globe 

“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.”The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 

“Meyers’ carefully told story is a satisfying examination of the imperfect paths we all walk." BookPage


“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

“Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family”Booklist   


Since the release of her debut The Murderer's Daughters in 2010, international bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers has earned glowing critical praise, award nominations, and a devoted readership around the globe for her thought-provoking, emotionally-resonant novels.

Now available in an affordable paperback format, Meyers returns with her bestselling second novel, THE COMFORT OF LIES (Washington Square Press/Atria Books; On-sale: January 28, 2014; $16.00), a richly textured story that explores the complications of love and collateral damage of infidelity, as well as universal themes of motherhood, identity, trust, and forgiveness.

Told in alternating points of view, THE COMFORT OF LIES reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three very different women all connected to a five-year-old girl: Tia, the birth mother; Caroline, the adopted mother; and Juliette, the wife of the birth father. The year their lives collide, the women must confront their choices while discovering sobering truths about their relationships and most importantly, themselves.

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. A married man and a father, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared and Tia gave the baby up for adoption. Five years later, she struggles with the decision and years to connect with her daughter - and her former lover.

Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, had always been a bit ambivalent about motherhood, much preferring the freedom of her childless, work-addicted lifestyle, but attempting to please her husband, she agreed to adopt, hoping her misgivings would disappear. However after five years, she's questioning whether or not she's really cut out for a domestic life.

Juliette thought she had it all - a loving husband, two healthy sons, and a successful business. Then she discovered Nathan's affair. He promised he'd never stray again and she trusted him. Five years later, when Juliette intercepts a letter meant for Nathan containing photos of his daughter, her world crumbles, again. How could he keep this from her? What else is he hiding? Most importantly, how could he deny his daughter? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. Her quest leads her first to Caroline, then Tia, and before long, the women are on a collision course with consequences none of them could have predicted.
 


About the author: The drama of Randy Susan Meyers' novels is informed by her past work with criminal offenders and families impacted by emotional and family violence, as well as through years spent bartending. The Massachusetts Center named Meyers’ debut novel, The Murderer’s Daughters, a “Must Read Book” and one of the “2011 Ten Best Works of Fiction,” noting From the very first page and straight on until the last, the clear and distinctive voice of Randy Susan Meyers’ 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.” 

Her new novel, The Comfort of Lies, explores the collateral damage of infidelity, the difficulty of balancing motherhood, marriage and work, and the dark, private struggles many experience, but rarely reveal. The Boston Globe wrote of it: “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.” 

Meyers is a founding member of Beyond The Margins, a multi-writer site dedicated to the craft of writing and the business of publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has recently co-authored the guide What To Do Before Your Book Launch with bestselling writer MJ Rose. She teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers Center in Boston.

Meyers, the mother of two grown daughters, was born in Brooklyn, New York. She lives in Boston with her husband.





THE COMFORT OF LIES: A Novel
By Randy Susan Meyers
Washington Square Press / Atria Books
January 28, 2014 || $16.00 || Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-45-167302-9


 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US only) 
Thanks to Elaine at Atria Books, I have one copy of The Comfort of Lies to give away to my readers.
 
To enter… 
  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • Please include email address so I can contact you if you win.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends February 3rd. 

Good luck!

19 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this giveaway and for your generous words!

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  2. I've been wanting to read this since the book club read it several months ago, but have yet to get around to it. I'm glad to see they didn't change the cover design. I like this one! Thanks for the giveaway. Mcstone84 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Sounds great. Can't wait to read The Comfort of Lies. I have tweeted under @readsalways. My email is jtretin at aol dot com

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