By Kristina Riggle

“A richly woven tale laced with unforgettable characters….A appealing book.”
—Therese Walsh, writer of The final Will of Moira Leahy

The lifestyles You’ve Imagined is an amazing novel approximately love and loss, letting move and retaining on. A ebook to proportion with relations and friends—I enjoyed it.”
—Melissa Senate, writer of The mystery of Joy


From Kristina Riggle, writer of the bright debut Real lifestyles & Liars, comes The existence You’ve Imagined, an fabulous new novel approximately love, loss, existence, and desire. It’s the tale of 4 former highschool neighbors who're pressured to ascertain what occurred to their highschool goals that are now at odds with their grown-up truth.

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She’s donning a man’s blouse tied off on the waist and a couple of slim black pants. She appears like a contemporary model of Audrey Hepburn. She’s taller than I take into account. “Well, hi,” i ultimately say, having positioned myself again jointly as most sensible i will. “What brings you again to city? holiday? ” I smile yet don’t try and hug her. Neither folks used to be a lot for hugging. every little thing on her face turns out to drag tighter and shut in. “Something like that. I’m domestic for the summer time. ” “Home? At your . . . At your dad’s? ” “Yeah. ” I attempt to not visibly react to this, this means that I’ve already reacted, in a manner. I transparent my throat and say, “I’m domestic for a few weeks. ” I don’t consider like elaborating, and Cami doesn’t ask. She was once regularly reliable like that. “I notion I’d see in the event that your mother wishes aid on the shop back. Like outdated occasions, yeah? ” “Yeah, precisely. outdated instances. ” We appear large during this room, now that we’re grown-ups. If we stood hand in hand shall we on the subject of span it with our hands. There’s nowhere else to take a seat in my room other than on my mattress. I take a seat cross-legged on my pillow such that my again touches the headboard. while not having to be invited, Cami sits down dealing with me, additionally cross-legged, her palms evenly resting on her ankles, posture directly, like a Buddha. “We used to take a seat this fashion forever, have in mind? ” Cami nods. “When we weren’t stretched out cross-wise at the mattress. unsure that might paintings nowadays, even though. ” certainly. My slim dual mattress isn’t fitted to sprawling adults, simply having a pipe dream ladies on their stomachs, their legs bent on the knees and their sock-feet waving within the air, their chins propped of their palms. We used to discuss our crushes. commonplace in that method, no less than. “Remember that child, Damon? ” I say now, picturing a boy with braces and a popped-up collar. “I used to write down A loves D in my computer, pondering I wasn’t giving whatever away through the use of initials. i'm wondering what occurred to him? ” “Dead. ” “What? ” My hand flies as much as my face, after which drops again to my lap as I watch for Cami to intricate. “Yeah, he fell during the ice out at the lake. Weeks sooner than they discovered him. Left at the back of a daughter, too. ” “How did I no longer listen this? ” She shrugs flippantly. “Why might you? You have been in Chicago through then. I in basic terms heard simply because one of many mom and dad the place I teach were in Haven and observed it at the information. She knew i used to be from there—here, that is—so she instructed me. It was once approximately 3 years in the past. ” So he used to be approximately twenty-seven. Damon had graduated from highschool, pumped his fists into the air and danced a bit jig on level in his cap and dress to the pride of the total assembled crowd of folks and giddy childrens. And he had ten years to dwell. whilst I observed August final, he had hours to reside, simply. “I don’t be aware of why I’m so stunned. I suggest, injuries take place. We’re no longer immune. ” i'm wondering who else will be useless, the scoop now not having reached my place of work on Wacker force. Cami adjusts her glasses on her nostril, no longer taking a look without delay at me. “No, we’re most definitely no longer. ” A minute or move, punctuated by way of the sounds of vehicles motoring down the road and shrieks of gulls.

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