Vivian In Red


AVAILABLE NOW from POLIS BOOKS, paperback coming August 15

Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn’t stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he’s not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red hat, winking at him on a New York sidewalk, looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934.

The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. But he needs help—in the form of his granddaughter Eleanor— failed journalist and family misfit. Tapped to write her grandfather’s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Milo’s colorful past to discover the real story behind Milo’s greatest song Love Me, I Guess, and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.

A sweeping love story, family mystery and historical drama set eighty years apart, Vivian in Red will swell your heart like a favorite song while illuminating Broadway like you’ve never seen before.


“With Vivian in Red, Kristina Riggle proves herself a master storyteller. Her expertly drawn characters and New York City itself pulse with life in this stunning novel loaded with family secrets, passionate love, and the magic of Broadway. An absolute joy to read.”
—Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Tears of Pearl

“Vivian in Red is an enchanting swirl of love, family, history, theater, and an ode to what we leave behind and what we still have left to discover. Add Kristina Riggle to the list of historical fiction masters.
—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of In Twenty Years

Readers will enjoy this blend of romance, historical fiction, and family drama, especially those with a fondness for New York in the Jazz Age.”

“A fantastic novel about how our personal history and those things we regret will come up. … If you love family mysteries and historical fiction, then you should definitely pick up Vivian in Red.” —Girls Just Reading

“An entrancing novel that gives readers insight into the Broadway theatrical world in its heyday. It also presents a nuanced picture of a large, unwieldy, but loving family and examines the mistakes people make in their youth that eventually come back to haunt them.” —Library Journal


Timeless recordings of songs from the time period of the novel

You’re the Top, Sutton Foster & Colin Donnell

The Way You Look Tonight, Harry Connick Jr.

A Fine Romance, Stacey Kent

Just One of Those Things, Ella Fitzgerald & Buddy Bregman Orchestra

It’s De Lovely, Sarah Vaughan & Harold Mooney and His Orchestra

I Get a Kick Out of You, Tony Bennett

Heat Wave, Patti LuPone, John Mauceri & Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Embraceable You, Judy Garland

The Very Thought of You, Etta James

Let’s Do It, Eartha Kitt

Stardust, Nat King Cole

(It’s Only a) Paper Moon, Natalie Cole

I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Michael Bublé

As Time Goes By, Billie Holiday

Stormy Weather, Lena Horne

Night and Day, Frank Sinatra

Someone to Watch Over Me, Ella Fitzgerald

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Barbra Streisand

Blue Skies, Rod Stewart

It Had to Be You, Bobby Darin

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Diana Krall

We’re In The Money, Rosemary Clooney