The Lie

Helen Dunmore (Author)
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"Lyrical and haunting...With this novel, Dunmore should rank high among writers like Kipling who explore war, its aftermath, and its lies."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"A poignant reminder that throughout history, the battle is far from over after a soldier returns home....As this impeccable and finely wrought literary tale winds to a chilling conclusion, readers will themselves be haunted by its evocative portrayal of a life-defining friendship and loss."--Bookpage

Published during the centenary of World War One to astonishing reviews and selected as a Richard and Judy Summer 2014 Book Club Pick in the UK, The Lie is a spellbinding tale of love, remembrance, and deception, set before, during and immediately after World War I, from Orange Prize-winning author, Helen Dunmore.

Daniel Branwell has survived the First World War and returned to the small Cornwall fishing town where he was born. As he struggles to make a living in the aftermath of war, Daniel is drawn deeper and deeper into the traumas of the past and memories of his dearest friend and his first love. Set in France during the First World War and in postwar England, The Lie is a deeply moving and mesmerizing story from one of our most preeminent storytellers.

"Devastating and triumphant...wholly satisfying. Endings are often the hardest beast for an author to tame, but Dunmore does it, with elegance, vigor and clarity."--The Denver Post

"Heartbreaking."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A]moving and complex novel...Dunmore does a superb job of capturing her lead's inner torment, even as his story creeps toward a shattering conclusion."--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Grove Press
Publish Date
March 10, 2015
Pages
304
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780802123480

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About the Author

HELEN DUNMORE is a novelist, short story writer and poet. She has written twenty-two children's books, including Brother Brother, Sister Sister; The Lilac Tree; The Seal Cove; and the bestselling Ingo series. She has written nine adult books including A Spell of Winter, which won the 1996 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her poetry collections have won the Poetry Society's Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize and the Signal Poetry Award. Helen Dunmore was born in Yorkshire, England, and now lives in Bristol with her husband and children.

Reviews

Praise for THE LIE

"Lyrical and haunting...With this novel, Dunmore should rank high among writers like Kipling who explore war, its aftermath, and its lies. At the culmination of The Lie, we are left with a reflection on how war for many soldiers does not end with treaties or returns to bucolic homes and old loves, but continues with the ghosts of those who died on the battlefield always there, haunting them--and us all."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"A piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war...Dunmore writes with elegant authority, her language crisp and tense."--Entertainment Weekly

"A poignant reminder that throughout history, the battle is far from over after a soldier returns home....As this impeccable and finely wrought literary tale winds to a chilling conclusion, readers will themselves be haunted by its evocative portrayal of a life-defining friendship and loss."--Bookpage

"Devastating and triumphant...wholly satisfying. Endings are often the hardest beast for an author to tame, but Dunmore does it, with elegance, vigor and clarity."--The Denver Post

"[A]moving and complex novel...Dunmore does a superb job of capturing her lead's inner torment, even as his story creeps toward a shattering conclusion."--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)

"[A] tender tale... subtle and enduring...A quiet tragedy... a poet's feeling for language shines through the descriptions of the landscape...in this novel Dunmore has wreaked tenderness out of tragedy, so that the reader is left with the sense that something beautiful, however fleeting, has been salvaged from the darkness."--The Observer (UK)

"Heartbreaking... the emotional power resonates."--Kirkus Reviews

"Distinguished by the sensual, compact intensity of Dunmore's prose, The Lie lays bare on its local canvas the invisible wounds of a global catastrophe."-- Independent (UK)

"The Lie is a fine example of Dunmore's ability to perceive the long vistas of history in which the dead remain restless...It is a book in which ghosts, perhaps, remain imaginary: but they are none the less real for that."--Guardian (UK)

"Helen Dunmore's two resources are imagination and research. She's strong on both counts...a very good novel. 2014 is a very good year to read it."--The Times UK)

"Visceral and elegantly plotted."--Daily Mail (UK)

"An enthralling novel of love and devastating loss... Powerful storytelling."--Good Housekeeping, Book of the Month

"Orange-prize winning author Helen Dunmore explores the relationship between two First World War soldiers: Daniel, who survived, and his childhood friend Frederick, who died, plus Daniel's ambiguous bond with Fredericks' sister Felicia. A dark and haunting exploration of grief and guilt."--Sunday Express, Hot Books for 2014

"Famed for her searing accounts of the siege of Leningrad and its aftermath, Helen Dunmore moves to England after the First World War in The Lie. She chronicles the struggle of a young man without family and homeless amid the quiet landscape of Cornwall, trying to escape his memories of trench warfare."--Daily Express, Top titles for 2014

"Exceptionally good."--Western News

"The writing, even at its most harrowing, is suffused with poetry and evocative description...a heart-wrenching portrait of psychological crucifixion."--Literary Review

"An extraordinarily affecting novel...crunchingly powerful...what's most heartbreaking about the novel is the hesitant, awkward intimacy between Daniel and Felicia."--Reader's Digest

"Exciting...the four year wait for this new novel promises to be well worth it."--The Upcoming.com, Five books to watch out for in 2014
"A stunning, understated novel that breathes with authenticity...Surely a must for all the prize lists."--Bookseller

"An enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK's most acclaimed storytellers... If you only read one novel in 2014 set during WWI, this must be the one."--Absolutely West

Praise for Helen Dunmore:

"Dunmore captures how a single moment can change the course of a life." --Gillian Flynn, Entertainment Weekly

"Dunmore's carefully observed stories demonstrate her ear for language and her eye for the telling moment." --The New York Times Book Review

"Her writing is both elegant and revealing."--The Seattle Times

"Dunmore's rich writing [is] by turns muscular and poetic."--The Washington Post

"When reading Dunmore, there is always the consolation of being with a fine mind." --The Houston Chronicle