Feb 17, 2013

Sunday Salon: The Comfort of Lies: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers


I found out a lot about open adoption while reading The Comfort of Lies - the inherent pluses as well as the inevitable downsides.  Open adoptions allow open access between a child's adoptive parents and the child's biological parents. The three women involved in the life of the adopted child, Savannah are her biological mother Tia,  her adoptive mother Caroline, and Juliette, the distraught wife of the child's biological father. The three women, in spite of the lies they tell others and themselves, face problems and difficulties of their own making, but come through with flying colors, though only at the very end of the book after much soul searching and hand wringing.

This was a fascinating read. Well drawn, realistic characters and excellent writing.

TitleThe Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers
Publisher: Atria Books, February 12, 2013
Genre: contemporary fiction
Source: review copy from the publisher

16 comments:

  1. This is a book that I'm eager to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. This sounds like it would be one of those amazing books that would tug at your heartstrings. Enjoyed your review.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  3. Very interesting that the author uses a word as harsh as "Lies" to describe what sounds like some self deception. After reading the book would you say that that word accurately describes what is going on in the characters minds?

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  4. Brian, they deliberately lie in some cases and deceive themselves in others. I would say it's a mix of both for at least two of the women. The third woman is so distraught, she goes out of her way to dissemble and lie to find out what's going on between the other two.

    Excellent question, Brian. Made me think twice.

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  5. So glad you liked this book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  6. Having read and loved her previous, The Murderer's Daughters, this is a book that I am very anxious to read. I'm glad you liked it too.

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  7. I'd like to read this, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Harvee.

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  8. This sounds excellent and an emotional read.

    I'm going to add it to my list.

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  9. I wish I had taken a review copy of this one but I was booked up. I think I'm going to grab the audio though. Glad you liked it!

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  10. This is a tricky subject for me, one which is quite close to home, but I do love the cover with her red lips! :)

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  11. Glad you enjoyed it, I'm reading this one too.

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  12. Loved The Murderer's Daughters so looking forward to this one as well. Glad u liked it.

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  13. Boy did we have different opinions about this one! I was disappointed by this one after reading The Murder's Daughters. I had hoped to be able to relate more to these women.

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  14. I have this one on deck for a blog tour next month.

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  15. I have a copy of this one. I was thinking about dedicating a whole month of reading NetGalley books and this is one of them on my list!

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