Kristan Higgins- Always The Last To Know
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In her newest novel, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW (Berkley Trade Paperback Original), Higgins tackles fractured family relationships through the story of a quietly unhappy nuclear family trapped in a narrative of their own making. Barb and John Frost, who entered marriage deeply in love, have become two people coexisting in the same house. Barb’s pride and joy is her favorite daughter, the beautiful and successful Juliet. John’s purest love belongs to his free-spirited and artistic younger daughter Sadie. When John has a stroke, all their lives are turned upside down and secrets that have lived below the surface bubble up.

The entire family finds itself reeling as their comfortable numbness explodes. In the aftermath, Sadie moves back home to care for John fulltime and is confronted by the man she loved and left. Barb focuses on her work in local government to avoid coming to terms with long-held resentments and her new reality. And Juliet battles panic attacks as she juggles supporting her mother, husband and children while climbing the corporate ladder at an architectural firm.

John’s medical emergency forces the Frost women to admit they’ve been passive participants in their lives for years, afraid to embrace change and uncertainty. None of them feel truly fulfilled, successful or happy. But each can—and does—change her story. Their choices are messy, brave, and achingly human.

As with all the best summer novels, ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW immerses you in the lives of its characters and will have you cheering in your beach chair and laughing by the pool as you follow the Frosts down a path where anything—fulfillment, pain, failure and success—is possible.

You know, like life.

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received many awards and accolades, and she is a six-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. Kristan is also a cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey. Higgins lives in Connecticut with her family. Connect with Kristan online at,, and

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