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Live Through This

A Novel

Published by Rise Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A modern suburban western set at the edge of 2016, Live Through This is at once a family drama and political saga about a woman who is forced to face her complicated grief in order to avenge her husband's death and her own life.

LIVE THROUGH THIS is a modern-day western about love and violence, trauma and redemption, and how, in the end, the destiny which controls us, is also up to us to control.

Jane is a woman trying to reconcile the joyous mediocrity of middle-aged life. Formerly a producer for Blake Edwards, one of television’s biggest broadcasters, Jane felt destined for stardom. But when her romance and career with Blake unceremoniously ended, she found herself picking up the pieces with another dreamer gone astray, Theo, a former LA Dodger whose career was also derailed. Both recovering addicts, they began a new life of car seats, day jobs, meaningful tattoos, and the micro-aggressions of marriage.

When tragedy strikes, disrupting everything they’ve built, Jane must not only confront her past, but the potential she abandoned years before. After Blake’s new producer calls her, Jane finds herself again on center stage. Negotiating between advocacy and exploitation, Jane must decide if she is willing to fight for the dream she left behind, and against the systems that destroyed it.

About The Author

Kristen McGuiness is the author of the LA Times bestseller 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life (Soft Skull Press), which was optioned by Original Films/CBS Cable with Alison Brie attached to star. She has appeared on the "Today Show," in USA Today, and in Marie Claire

She has written for numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Shondaland, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Psychology Today, and Salon. She began her career working in publicity for St. Martin’s Press before joining the editorial departments of Simon & Schuster and Judith Regan at Harper Collins. Kristen is the publisher of Rise Books and also the founder of Rise Writers, which provides coaching and courses for people who believe in radical inspiration. 

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and a Master’s degree from the American University of Paris. She lives in Ojai, CA with her husband, two children, and their dog, Peter.


Product Details

  • Publisher: Rise Books (October 10, 2023)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781959524045

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