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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Feb. 12 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451673019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451673012
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"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, author of New York Times bestseller 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." —Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls


"Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family.” (Booklist)

"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 Outside the Lines


"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)

“What does it mean to be a mother—are there prerequisites, and reasons a woman’s qualifications should be questioned? The Comfort of Lies is a fascinating story of three women’s claims to the same child, written with incisive wisdom, page-turning skill, and above all, deep heart. Another home-run novel of family drama from Randy Susan Meyers.” (Nichole Bernier author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.)

"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


"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)

About the Author

Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters and a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. Her writing is informed by her work with batterers and victims of domestic violence, as well her experience with youth impacted by street violence. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing seminars at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Frappier TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 23 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story - 3 women - their lives all intersecting because of one man. Nathan cheats on Juliette with Tia. Tia has his baby and gives it up for adoption to Caroline. 5 years later, Juliette learns about the baby and everything comes to a head. A wonderful portrait of what happens to people when one person decides to lie. It was a heart breaking look at a family hurt by deceit, a woman tormented by giving up her child, and another woman's self-disgust for not feeling a maternal desire for her adopted child. Complex and well developed, I thought this book was beautifully written, painting no monsters but rather showing us how weak people can be. It also kept me thinking long after I put it down ... always a sign of a good book!
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By Feroza R on April 23 2014
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This novel is told from the perspectives of three women - one who becomes pregnant by a married man, the man's wife, and the woman who adopts the baby. It was an enjoyable read. It would be great for the beach.
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This story engrossed me! It's the first time I've read a book by this author, but it won't be my last.

This is a captivating story about the decisions that one makes in life and the consequences of those actions. The lives of three women intersect because of one man and his extramarital affair which results in a baby. Tia is the mistress of Nathan and discovers she is pregnant. She decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption. Caroline is the woman who, along with her husband, adopt this little girl despite the misgivings that Caroline has about being a mom. Juliette is Nathan's wife who finds out about the love-child. Their lives are forever changed.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found it kept my interest. It was realistic and honest.
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By A. Shoults on April 19 2014
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I loved this book and will definitely consider more books by this author. I liked how the book was broken up into parts from each character. It was a very quick and always kept my interest.
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Although I did have some difficulty identifying with one of the main characters and understanding her actions, I did really enjoy the book - and the way it ended. Would recommend it.
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