The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
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“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.

About Randy Susan Meyers

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Randy Susan Meyers is the author of The Murderer’s Daughters, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, named a “Must Read Book” and one of the “2011 Ten Best Works of Fiction” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her writing is informed by her work with abusers and victims of domestic violence, as well as her experience with youth impacted by street violence. 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 also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has recently coauthored the guide What to Do Before Your Book Launch with writer M.J. Rose. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches for the Grub Street Writer’s Center.
Published February 12, 2013 by Atria Books. 338 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Every year, Caroline sends photos and a brief update on the child’s progress, but this year when Savannah turns 5, Tia decides to contact Nathan.

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An affair between bright young student Tia and Nathan, a charismatic married sociology professor, ends when Tia becomes pregnant.

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It's easy to imagine some heated book group discussions --- about everything from open adoption and working moms to loyalty and forgiveness --- arising from THE COMFORT OF LIES.

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Kat is back in a classroom, fingers crossed that day 1 is good.

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