Monday, December 23, 2013

The Whole Golden World

The Whole Golden World
Kristina Riggle

The Whole Golden World

Genre: Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  An astonishing novel from the acclaimed author of Keepsake that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. At turns shocking, provocative, and heart-wrenching, and inspired by a true story The Whole Golden World forces us to ask the question "How well do we really know our children?"

To the outside Dinah and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that's finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it's discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill.

Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man.

Told from the perspectives of Morgan, Dinah, and TJ's wife, Rain, this is an unforgettable story that fully explores the surprising, even shocking, events that change the lives of two families.

Review: What's interesting about this book is that I didn't really like any of the characters, and I found the subject matter disturbing, but I still loved reading it. In fact, I couldn't put the book down - I think I read it in two days!  Riggle made the characters seem so life-like as they struggled with their various problems; she realistically captured the voices of the troubled teenage honor student, her overprotective short-tempered mother, and the doormat-like wife who struggled with infertility.  I sympathized with all these characters at times, but also wished they would learn to see themselves the way they truly were and stop making so many mistakes!  This would be a great book to discuss with a book club!

Rating: 4.5 stars

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