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Real Life and Liars: Kristina Riggle, Debut Author

Jun.10.2009

Join Romance Radio in chatting with Kristina Riggle, debut author, about her new book, REAL LIFE AND LIARS, a fantastic new novel about an especially dysfunctional family, which we expect will become a reading group favorite from coast to coast. See what other authors have to say: This book has heart. Each of its four stories is compelling and makes you keep turning the page long after you should have turned out the light. The Zielinski family becomes your own. But it’s afterwards, when you put it down, that you realize the truth of the old saying: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Kristina Riggle gets it exactly right in this wonderful and heartwarming debut. — Becky Motew, author of Coupon Girl Real Life and Liars, Kristina Riggle’s sumptuous and rich debut novel, examines the complications that arise in family and marriage, love and heartbreak. With lush writing and nuanced, relatable characters, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever been both grateful and driven mad by the people they love most: their family. — Allison Winn Scotch, author of the New York Times bestselling TIME OF MY LIFE

Kristina's Latest Blogs

Jun.25.2012 - 7:11 am
I can't keep up with all the social media in my life! (Don't even get me started on Pinterest. I don't get Tumblr. I have never contemplated a vlog.) A poorly updated blog is...
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Mar.02.2011 - 10:06 am
Frank Mallett, a vicar in THE CHILDREN’S BOOK by A.S. Byatt, meets an author whose work he admires, but finds himself “annoyed that this robed person, with his electric black hair...
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Jan.31.2011 - 12:50 pm
I did something ill-advised this morning. I read anonymous comments on a blog. That’s always a bad idea for one’s blood pressure. The blog in question was from screenwriter Josh...
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Jan.10.2011 - 7:47 am
So I got MY LIFE IN FRANCE, by Julia Child, as a Christmas gift. I’m not a foodie. I’m not, in fact, much of a cook at all. In her memoir, when Julia waxed eloquent, oft times...
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Comments from Kristina

Apr.14.2010 - 8:52 am
In response to: Call for submissions: Father's Day fiction
We prefer to have the first crack at publishing something but it wouldn't automatically disqualify the submission, no.
Nov.03.2009 - 1:23 pm
In response to: NaNo-what? And why?
I have a personal journal, and I also have a writing notebook which helps me work out issues and jot notes. Many times...
Nov.03.2009 - 1:21 pm
In response to: NaNo-what? And why?
But I can't understand that, myself. I just saw someone on Twitter say they didn't want to look at other people's...
Oct.12.2009 - 10:51 am
In response to: Money, it's a drag...
How expensive is the champagne? I keep thinking of that old Christopher Walken SNL skit "The Continental" when he...
Sep.21.2009 - 5:32 pm
In response to: Well, &$*@! -- Swearing in novels
Did it look like a redacted CIA file?  

Writing

Short Story: Tony Deranged
Short Story: The Last Time I Failed
Short Story: Connection Lost

Published Reviews

Feb.15.2009
Published by Publisher's Weekly
The Zielinskis, the dysfunctional family of Riggle’s delightful debut, have some problems, even if things at Mirabelle and Max’s 35th anniversary party—thrown by their three adult...