The Whole Golden World: A Novel by Kristina Riggle

The Whole Golden World: A Novel

byKristina Riggle

Paperback | May 5, 2016

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Kristina Riggle, the acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars, returns with a thought-provoking novel inspired by real-life events

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Monetti shocks her parents and her community with one simple act: She chooses to stand by the man everyone else believes has exploited her—popular high school teacher TJ Hill. Quietly walking across a crowded courtroom to sit behind TJ, and not beside her parents, she announces herself as the adult she believes herself to be.

But her mother, Dinah, wants justice. Dinah is a fighter, and she believes with all her heart and soul that TJ is a man who took advantage of her daughter. He is a criminal who should be brought to justice, no matter what the cost to his family.

Rain, TJ's wife, is shocked that her handsome, loving, respected husband has been accused of a terrible crime. But has her desperation to start a family closed her eyes to the fault lines in her marriage? And can she face the painful truths about herself and her husband?

Told from the perspectives of these three remarkable women, The Whole Golden World navigates the precarious territory between childhood and adulthood, raising questions about love and manipulation, marriage and motherhood, consent and responsibility. It's a novel both shocking and unforgettable in its power.

About The Author

Kristina Riggle is a published short story writer and coeditor for fiction at the e-zineLiterary Mama. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, two kids, and dog.
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Title:The Whole Golden World: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:May 5, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062206451

ISBN - 13:9780062206459

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“Riggle masterfully unfolds the families’ stories with just the right pace, tone, and drama, uncovering plenty of family secrets and emotional struggles without making it a soap opera. Fans of Jodi Picoult and Barbara Delinsky will devour this story.”