Truly Madly Guilty (Hardcover)

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From the beginning it is clear that something terrible has happened at a neighborhood barbecue on “one ordinary afternoon” in suburban Sydney. The hosts are the flamboyant Vid and Tiffany whose backyard is a gilded homage to classic Greek décor replete with statuary fountains and gazebos. The guests are neighbors Erica & Oliver, tightly wound and childless and their close friends Clementine (a cellist with an audition for a dream job looming), her husband Sam, an intense parent of their two small daughters. Also present is an eccentric lurking neighbor and the bookish adolescent daughter of Vid and Tiffany. Erica and Clementine are life- long friends with sister-like connections and competitions. The story unfolds prism like through chapters reflecting each characters perceptions of the events often layer by layer. Suspense pulls the reader immediately into the story and the gradual intricate development of events and characters keeps one entranced. A completely compelling and thought provoking novel!

— Bobby



Winner of Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fiction
Entertainment Weekly's "Best Beach Bet"
A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection
A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick

"Here's the best news you've heard all year: Not a single page disappoints....The only difficulty with Truly Madly Guilty? Putting it down." --Miami Herald

"Captivating, suspenseful...tantalizing." --People Magazine

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It's just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250069795
ISBN-10: 1250069793
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 432
Language: English