Twenty-six-year-old Casey thought love and a fierce stubbornness would be enough to hold together her fragile new family with fiance Michael and his three children: two difficult teens and a quirky little girl prone to stress-induced stomachaches. But Michael's ever-lengthening silences make her wonder if she has a place in the house at all.
Then, fourteen-year-old Dylan doesn't show up at school, pushing Casey's uncertainly to the back burner. His father's convinced he's just cutting class, but Casey fears something much worse as every lead she chases turns up nothing. Then, the kids' volatile mother crashes on the scene daughter Angel digs up an ugly fact about Casey's past, and suddenly Casey's new life - her fresh start - unravels before her eyes. Even if they can find Dylan safe and sound, it's clear that this family's problems run much deeper than anyone dared say out loud.
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"Riggle paints with exquisite care a not-so-pretty picture of modern life, when running away can seem like the only option if it promises just a little bit of freedom. Bring tissues." - Library Journal
"Though Riggle's use of multiple perspectives is less than inspired, she creates an involving portrayal of the obstacles confronting today's families." - Publishers Weekly
"Riggle... ambitiously tells the story through the viewpoints of the three adults and the three children, and she mostly succeeds in capturing each narrator's distinct tone... [An] absorbing novel about a blended family." - Booklist
"Kristina Riggle writes women's fiction with soul. Her characters are both familiar and quirky, and reading their stories is like spending a weekend catching up with your oldest friends. You come away laughing and also touched that someone knows you so well." - Tiffany Baker, author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
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Kristina Riggle is a freelance journalist, a published short story writer, and coeditor for fiction at the e-zine Literary Mama. She is also the author of The Life You Imagined and Real Life and Liars. She lives and writes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, two kids, and dog.
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