Liane Moriarty returns with another rich and emotionally satisfying look into the human heart. What keeps relationships together, and what tears them apart? Three couples, their children, and an adorable dog gather for a summer barbecue, but the repercussions of that evening continue for weeks afterward. Recommended By Mary Jo S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Entertainment Weekly’s "Best Beach Bet"
A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection
A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick
The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late.
"What a wonderful writer—smart, wise, funny." —Anne Lamott
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
"Moriarty’s fans will rejoice at her latest title as she tackles marriage, parenthood, friendship, and sex, in this provocative and gripping read...This novel sheds light on the truths that we all fear as parents, spouses, and friends. It’s perfect for those long summer days, but readers will have to pace themselves to not devour it in one sitting." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"The author of Big Little Lies doing what she does best: unraveling people's public selves with an urgency that keeps you reading." Glamour Magazine
"Liane Moriarty is one of the few writers I’ll drop anything for. Her books are wise, honest, beautifully observed, and—unusually—I can never tell where they’re going to go." Jojo Moyes
"In bestseller Moriarty's (Big Little Lies) latest one small decision—going to a barbecue—reverberates through the lives of the six adults. Childhood friends Erika and Clementine couldn't be more different. Obsessive compulsive Erika is married to Oliver; both are accountants and they have no children. Clementine is a disorganized classical cellist with a husband Sam and two small children Holly and Ruby. These two families are unexpectedly invited to a barbecue at the opulent home of Erika's neighbors: wealthy and vivacious Vid; his 'smoking hot' wife Tiffany; and their 10 year old daughter Dakota. During what is supposed to be an ordinary afternoon of food drink and lively conversation among people just beginning to become friends a harrowing event deeply affects all these characters forcing them to closely examine their choices not only of that day but of their entire lives and the effects of those choices. The novel holds back the meat of the story until the reader is about to burst with curiosity but this technique strangely doesn't feel like torture; it gives readers a chance to consider the endless possibilities of every moment. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret, as well as the New York Times bestseller What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist's Love Story. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.