Truly Madly Guilty (Hardcover)

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Australian writer Liane Moriarty’s success is phenomenal, with six internationally bestselling novels, translations into 39 languages and an HBO series starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon currently in production.

Set in Sydney, “Truly Madly Guilty” revolves around a mysterious catastrophe at an impromptu barbecue. The events of that night are enough to unravel long-term friendships, marriages and one’s mental health. Flipping back and forth between each character’s point of view, as well as shifting through time, the narrative doesn’t reveal what happened at the barbeque until late in the novel. This literary device works, as there never seems to be a time to put down the book; the desire to keep going is too strong.

Erika and Clementine are friends with a complicated relationship that has endured since childhood. Erika invites Clementine and her family over for a serious discussion, but then, Erika is convinced by her neighbor to come to a barbeque at their place, instead. Clementine and her family are invited, too, of course, and something happens at the barbeque that will change each of their relationships.

“Truly Madly Guilty” is written in two different intertwined timelines: sometime after the day of the barbeque, when we see the aftermath of what occurred, and the day of the barbecue itself.

Moriarty tackles topical everyday issues with affectionate but deadly accuracy, playing on her characters' insecurities in ways that allow the reader to recognize themselves. Every kind of anxiety and relationship wrinkle is mined to maximum potential in an elegantly choreographed dance between Erika, Clementine, their husbands and the neighbors, Vid and Tiffany. It’s a lot of fun. Moriarty, the queen of Australian suburban noir, sets up an intriguing multi-layered scenario.

A deft storyteller, Moriarty creates believable, relatable characters. The well-drawn cast here will engage readers and remind them that life halfway around the world isn’t much different from life here: families argue, neighbors meddle and children push boundaries.

I liked this book much more than I expected. The concluding chapters pack some unexpected emotional punches that left me in awe of the novel’s structure, as I realized how well thought-out this 500-plus page book is; there isn’t a word wasted.

If you are already a Moriarty fan, then you will need no encouragement from me to read this book (you are probably already reading it now). If, however, like me, you have been curious as to why her books are so popular, I urge you to take the plunge.

“Truly Madly Guilty’ is a great place to start.

— From Book review: Moriarty hits again with 'Truly Madly Guilty'

A deft storyteller, Moriarty creates believable, relatable characters. The well-drawn cast here will engage readers and remind them that life halfway around the world isn’t much different from life here: families argue, neighbors meddle and children push boundaries.

-Recommended by Kim

— From December 2016 Staff Picks

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Nine Perfect Strangers coming 11/6/18

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, FROM THE AUTHOR OF BIG LITTLE LIES, now an HBO series.

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. Her latest page-turner, Nine Perfect Strangers, publishes on November 6, 2018. 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