Description"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)
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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.
"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