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The Comfort of Lies: A Novel [Hardcover]

Randy Susan Meyers
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Feb. 12 2013
“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.

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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 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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3.0 out of 5 stars three viewpoints 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Realistic Story about a Complex Issue. July 10 2013
By Diane
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars strong characters & great story May 23 2013
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate, Witty Wisdom Feb. 12 2013
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This a book you cannot put down in which three women's lives are braided around the conception, birth and adoption of a girl who is the product of an extra-marital affair. I have been so excited to read that and it was EVEN BETTER than I thought it would be. (I LOVED Meyers's first book The Murderer's Daughter.) What's really stunning about Meyers's work is that she works through some very heavy topics here without once stepping into a too-heavy or ponderous feel. It's a lively, smart book that tells a great story. But it does more than just tell a story - it makes you think. I absolutely inhaled this book. Lucky readers!!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend Feb. 18 2013
By Catherine McKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Having very much enjoyed Myers first novel, THE MURDER'S DAUGHTERS, I was glad to see her writing and story telling abilities remain strong in her 2nd novel. A complexly woven tale of the potential consequences of deceit in marriage, and in life generally, you want to know what happens with all the characters, even if you disagree with their choices. Highly recommend.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt look at the fallout of infidelity Feb. 12 2013
By BostonWriter - Published on Amazon.com
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I was fortunate to read an early copy of this book, and was riveted by this story about the fallout of infidelity -- the complexities of three women, their complicated claims to one child, and their knotty relationships with the men in their lives (two of them to the same man). Not all women approach or experience motherhood in the same way, and this book dares to ask, Does anyone "deserve" to be a mother more than another? I loved The Murderer's Daughters, and Meyers has applied her same emotional-honesty radar to this book. She writes with heart and wisdom and, most importantly, without easy judgement.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will want to read late into the night! Feb. 22 2013
By Laura Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The lives of three women intersect, because of one man. Nathan is married to Juliette and they have two boys and a beautiful life together. For reasons he can't explain he begins an affair with Tia, a young woman from the South side of Boston. Nathan has the best of two worlds until Tia tells him she is expecting a baby. Nathan tells her to take care of it and walks out of her life. He later confesses his affair to his wife.

Tia trying to redeem herself from having an affair with a married man refuses to have an abortion. Instead Tia decides the best choice is adoption.

Caroline is a dedicated pathologist, she works long hours and hates leaving her lab. But she loves her husband very much and he's pressuring her to adopt a baby. Against her better judgement she follows through with the adoption.

Five years later, Tia can't let the idea of Nathan go. When her yearly envelope arrives with pictures of her young daughter Tia decides to send a letter to Nathan. When the letter and pictures arrive at Nathan's home, its his wife Juliette who gets the letter. Nathan never told her there was a baby, and yet there in front of her is the proof of his affair...a little girl who looks remarkably like their youngest son.

Juliette becomes obsessed with the little girl and where she is. It doesn't take long before the lives of these three women become more entangled and the outcome for all of them is uncertain.

Talk about a book you can't put down! The more I read the more I was captivated by the story. I mean I didn't even know how I wanted things to play out in the end! I kept thinking what's going to happen? Oh I don't like her or I get her, but. None of these women are perfect. You have Tia on one hand that is simply a hot mess. She needed to move on from the life that disappeared five years ago or more the life she thought she was going to have. Then Caroline, I couldn't relate to her work before everything focus. But I did like that she was trying to the best of her ability. Last, Juliette who I got. I can't imagine finding out my husband cheated. Then you work so hard to move forward to find out there was even more to the story?!? Yet, I felt for her wanting her marriage even though it was broken.

Each woman feels a connection to the child. Each woman questions what it means to be a mother. Each woman has to deal with an inner struggle.

I never knew exactly where the story was headed, I didn't know where I wanted it to go. In the end, perfect ending. Loved everything about this book. This is a perfect book for a book club! So many topics to discuss! Highly highly recommend!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex issues...Complex characters Feb. 18 2013
By mary urban - Published on Amazon.com
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Randy Susan Meyer has the capacity to make her different yet similiar characters believable. I didn't like all her characters, and that's a good thing...and at the same time I could empathize with their various struggles: Issues of adoption, mothering, working women, shame, guilt, forgiveness, and redemption are all addressed seriously while being neither moralistic nor ponderous. The fact that The Comfort of Lies was a quick read speaks to its compelling nature, not the superficiality of the story.
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