Synopses & Reviews
From the critically acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars
and Things We Didn't Say
comes a timely and provocative novel that asks: What happens when the things we own become more important than the people we love?
Trish isn't perfect. She's divorced and raising two kids—so of course her house isn't pristine. But she's got all the important things right and she's convinced herself that she has it all under control. That is, until the day her youngest son gets hurt and Child Protective Services comes calling. It's at that moment when Trish is forced to consider the one thing she's always hoped wasn't true: that she's living out her mother's life as a compulsive hoarder.
The last person Trish ever wanted to turn to for help is her sister, Mary—meticulous, perfect Mary, whose house is always spotless . . . and who moved away from their mother to live somewhere else, just like Trish's oldest child has. But now, working together to get Trish's disaster of a home into livable shape, two very different sisters are about to uncover more than just piles of junk, as years of secrets, resentments, obsessions, and pain are finally brought into the light.
"In Riggle's touching and timely latest (after Things We Didn't Say), Trish is a divorced mother struggling to raise two sons, the elder of whom, teenager Drew, flees his mother's house because of her obsessive hoarding. When younger son Jack is injured in the cluttered home, a concerned social worker gives Trish a wakeup call and chilling ultimatum: clean up or lose your son. This spurs Drew to reach out to Mary, Trish's estranged sister, for help. Mary and Trish's mother had a hoarding problem as well, and Mary reacted by obsessing over the cleanliness of her house. Mary reluctantly goes to Trish's aid, but she quickly realizes that the job is more than she can handle, so Mary enlists college friend (and psychologist) Seth to help. As the trio move through the strata of Trish's material life and fraught emotional past, the women struggle to come to terms with their mother's behavior and the stark differences in their responses, and try to remember that they are cleaning house for the sake of the next generation. Agent: Kristin Nelson. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Riggle crafts a moving and accomplished first novel about a family coming to terms with change. The characters are familiar but not stereotypical, and the quaint setting of Charlevoix, Michigan, a beachfront town, adds to the nostalgic feel.” Booklist on Real Life & Liars
“An entertaining, challenging story with the potential to change us if we let it.” Grand Rapids Press
“Backed by Riggles trademark unflinching honesty and imbued with heart and hope, The Life Youve Imagined is a terrific novel about love and loss, letting go and holding on. A book to share with family and friendsI loved it.” Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy
“A seemingly celebratory gathering brings joy, frustration, love and disappointment to a midwestern family in this wonderful debut novel. These are characters we know and care about from our own lives.” Denise Taylor, manager, Schuler Books and Music
“Kristina Riggle addresses the difficult turf of the hoarder with compassion and understanding. With its contrasting sisters-one unable to let go of things, the other unable to allow clutter into her life-Keepsake immerses us in the complicated world of family and love.” Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells and The Wednesday Sisters
“Touching and timely” Publishers Weekly
“This story of two sisters...is as unflinching as it is compassionate. I was pulled in from the first page, as Trish and Mary reckon with the devastations of loss and the bonds of family, and as they make their hard, brave, often funny journeys toward hope and wholeness.” Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together
“An involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting todays families.” Publishers Weekly
“...this delectable read is both irresistible and fulfilling...hope-filled, honest and remarkably raw tour-de-force. Things We Didnt Say is a beautiful account of modern family that resonates, restores and charms.” examiner.com
This story of two sisters, each broken in her own way, is as unflinching as it is compassionate. I was pulled in from the first page. Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together
For her previous novels (Things We Didn t Say, The Life You ve Imagined, Real Life & Liars), author Kristina Riggle has garnered fabulous reviews and established herself as a rapidly rising star of contemporary women s fiction. In Keepsake, she explores that most complicated of relationships, as two sisters raised by a hoarder deal with old hurts and resentments, and the very different paths their lives have taken. As always, Riggle approaches important topics poignantly and honestly including hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in her remarkable Keepsake while writing with real emotional power and compassion about families and their baggage. For readers of Katrina Kittle and Elin Hildenbrand, Kristina Riggle s Keepsake is a treasure."
“This story of two sisters, each broken in her own way, is as unflinching as it is compassionate. I was pulled in from the first page.”
—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times
bestselling author of Falling Together
For her previous novels (Things We Didnt Say, The Life Youve Imagined, Real Life & Liars), author Kristina Riggle has garnered fabulous reviews and established herself as a rapidly rising star of contemporary womens fiction. In Keepsake, she explores that most complicated of relationships, as two sisters raised by a hoarder deal with old hurts and resentments, and the very different paths their lives have taken. As always, Riggle approaches important topics poignantly and honestly—including hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in her remarkable Keepsake—while writing with real emotional power and compassion about families and their baggage. For readers of Katrina Kittle and Elin Hildenbrand, Kristina Riggles Keepsake is a treasure.
About the Author
A freelance journalist, published short-story writer, and fiction coeditor at the e-zine Literary Mama, Kristina Riggle lives and writes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, two kids, and dog.