The Whole Golden World

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. By 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, popular husband is accused of a terrible crime. But has her desperation to start a family closed her eyes to the faultlines in her marriage? And can she face the painful truths about herself and her husband?

Kristina Riggle, the acclaimed author of Keepsake, returns with a thought-provoking and heart-wrenching novel inspired by real-life events. Told from the perspectives of three remarkable women, Riggle’s work navigates the precarious territory between childhood and adulthood, and raises questions about love and manipulation, marriage and motherhood, consent and responsibility.


The Whole Golden World
Available now from William Morrow/HarperCollins