Truly Madly Guilty

The Pilot - - EDITORIAL - HEALTH CARE Bobbi Ben­son

Re­viewed by Bobbi Ben­son

Is there any­thing more fun than get­ting new books?

It’s se­ri­ously one of my favourite things; those beau­ti­ful al­beit non­de­script boxes make me so ex­cited. It’s al­most like Christ­mas, bet­ter in a way be­cause the mess after­wards is so much less and I don’t have to as­sem­ble 10 mil­lion Lego pieces. But that’s par­ent­ing right? Par­ent­ing is Lego, pack­ing lunches, tem­per tantrums, and so much more.

Liane Mo­ri­arty takes an in depth look at mod­ern par­ent­ing in her new novel “Truly Madly Guilty”.

Three cen­tral cou­ples form the heart of “Truly Madly Guilty”. Some­thing went hor­ri­bly wrong at a bar­beque Vid and Tif­fany hosted for Erika and Oliver, and Sam and Cle­men­tine. The nar­ra­tive flashes back and forth be­tween present day and the night of the bar­beque, hint­ing but never telling what ex­actly hap­pened, leav­ing us madly con­jec­tur­ing. What could it have been?

Erika and Oliver, a 30-some­thing, pro­fes­sional well off cou­ple, both have painful child­hoods that have left them some­what so­cially awk­ward. As hard as they try to blend in, they just never quite fit.

Un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally Erika, was drunk the night of the bar­beque and has a gap­ing hole in her mem­ory. What can’t she re­mem­ber? And, why was she drunk? Oliver, just wants to move on, he has a se­cret of his own to keep from that night.

Vid and Tif­fany, gre­gar­i­ous rich so­cial but­ter­flies live next door, the in­ci­dent hap­pened in their back­yard. Now, Vid is try­ing des­per­ately to con­nect with Cle­men­tine, but why? Tif­fany is wor­ried about their daugh­ter Dakota, she hasn’t been the same since that night. As Tif­fany strug­gles to reach her daugh­ter, her own past comes back to haunt her.

Cle­men­tine and Sam, the mu­si­cian and the busi­ness­man, they have two adorable daugh­ters, Holly and Ruby. Cle­men­tine and Erika have been best friends since child­hood, but are they truly friends? Erika was forced upon her by her mother Pam, a so­cial worker who preached kind­ness above all. But how kind is Cle­men­tine sup­posed to be? How much should she be ex­pected to give? Sam, prides him­self on his fa­ther­ing skills, he loves be­ing a dad but after that night he’s ques­tion­ing ev­ery­thing he thought he knew about him­self.

As Mo­ri­arty weaves her char­ac­ters lives back and forth, to­gether and apart, the story of that night un­folds while we ex­am­ine our thoughts on par­ent­ing. How it has changed over the years, specif­i­cally the roles of mother and fa­thers. Who do we blame for what hap­pens? And how do we re­cover?

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