What goes unsaid can sometimes speak the loudest . . . What makes up a family? For Casey it's sharing a house with her fianc , Michael, and his three children, whom she intends to nurture more than she ever took care of herself. But Casey's plans have come undone. Michael's silences have grown unfathomable and deep. His daughter Angel seethes as only a teenage girl can, while the wide-eyed youngest, Jewel, quietly takes it all in. Then Michael's son, Dylan, runs off, and the kids' mother, a woman never afraid to say what she thinks, noisily barges into the home. That's when Casey decides that the silences can no longer continue. She must begin speaking the words no one else can say. She'll have to dig up secrets-including her own-uncovering the hurts, and begin the healing that is long overdue. And it all starts with just a few tentative words. . . .
Riggle's third novel (after The Life You've Imagined) explores love, devotion, and alcoholism in the modern dysfunctional family. Twenty-six-year-old Edna Leigh Casey loves her 36-year-old fiance Michael Turner and his three children, yet has decided to leave him. Not only is helping raise two teenagers and a young girl difficult, hiding her past addiction to alcohol weighs too heavily. But when Michael's son, Dylan, goes missing, Edna stays on, and must deal with Michael's alcoholic ex and her difficult daughter Angel, both of whom are intent on exposing Edna's past. Michael is also in the midst of a bitter custody battle, may lose his job, and can't hack the high expectations of his successful father. Edna feels like a too-young outsider and is highly ambivalent about revealing her flaws to Michael and his family. Though Riggle's use of multiple perspectives is less than inspired, she creates an involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting today's families. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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