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Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarty

Published: 2016-07-26
Hardcover : 432 pages
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Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Beach Bet”

A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection

A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick

The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we ...

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Entertainment Weekly’s “Best Beach Bet”

A USA Today Hot Books for Summer Selection

A Miami Herald Summer Reads Pick

The new novel from Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and What Alice Forgot, about how sometimes we don’t appreciate how extraordinary our ordinary lives are until it’s too late.

“What a wonderful writer?smart, wise, funny.” ?Anne Lamott

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.

Editorial Review

An Amazon Best Book of August 2016: Many writers have trouble plumbing the depths of a single character’s soul. Moriarty effortlessly dives deep in six different characters—the three married couples at a backyard barbeque in Sydney that goes horribly wrong. Chapters jump in time between the day of the barbecue and its aftereffects in the present, with the ripples of that evening disrupting and destroying relationships. The exact nature of the shock isn’t revealed until midway through the novel, and I admit, I kept thinking to myself, “Given the buildup, this better be a wonderfully awful revelation.” Moriarty comes through, fitting the seemingly unrelated puzzle pieces together into a tight and harrowing picture. She even wraps up a long-ago tragedy that befell a crotchety neighbor in what is perhaps a too-neat moment that adds an unnecessary bow on top. While it would do the book a disservice to call it “light,” it’s so briskly paced that the pages flash by, aiming the reader, ultimately, toward a gleam of hope at the end. --Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review


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Which character(s), if any, did you like?
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We had a barbeque dinner at the home of one of our members on our book club night. This fit in with the chapters entitled "The Day of the Barbeque"

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  "Truly Madly Guilty"by sleahy@stonehill.edu (see profile) 01/08/17

Good book. Twists and turns so kept your interest

  "What a difference a day makes......"by nbaker (see profile) 12/27/16

Truly Madly Guilty was written in true Liana Moriarty style. She is so adept at capturing the inner workings of individuals and families. Once again she has taken an ordinary day in the live... (read more)

  "Truly, Madly, Guilty "by mrbranstner@gmail.com (see profile) 12/08/16

I agree with other reviews that said the first half of the book was almost annoying as it teased, then flipped back and forth between the present and the "event". However, once the reveal occured you... (read more)

  "Truly madly guilty "by Janeconard (see profile) 12/07/16

We didn't find out the jist of the book til almost 2/3 of the way through. Then it finally got interesting and much easier to read

by jodik11 (see profile) 12/01/16

  "Truly Madly Guilty"by bkmnmpl (see profile) 10/29/16

Once again Liane Moriarty has introduced readers to a group of characters with genuine emotions,conflicts, & challenges. The entire story pivots upon the day of a neighborhood barbecue. Moriarty provides... (read more)

  "I Couldn't Pick It Up"by MaryJacobs (see profile) 10/19/16

Our club previously read Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" which was a fantastic read. This was a very slow read and definitely not a book that I simply couldn't put down. There was good character development,... (read more)

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