Rules for Lying
Anne Corbitt (Author)
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DescriptionAfter school, custodian Oliver Nix investigates a strange sound coming from the boys' locker room. What he finds rocks this suburban Atlanta community. Langley, a sophomore, claims she was forced, but Kevin, the accused, insists on his innocence while plotting his path out of town. His mother, Grace, defends her son despite having made a similar accusation twenty years before. Eleanor, Oliver's daughter, tries to reconcile her loyalty to best friend Langley, who created the rules for lying, with her unrequited love for Kevin. Rules for Lying follows the characters through a police investigation that makes them question their memories, allegiances, and actions, all while hiding secrets of their own.
Southeast Missouri State Univ Press
September 01, 2016
6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Anne Corbitt received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi on the John and Renée Grisham Fellowship. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Greensboro Review, Fifth Wednesday, Fourth River, and others. She lives in Atlanta with her dog Ramona and teaches writing at Kennesaw State University.
"Somewhere between the truth and those things we might never know lies Anne Corbitt's fierce, jazzed-up novel, Rules for Lying. Leaping from voice to pitch-perfect voice, Corbitt's story of a high-school community trying to make sense of a single moment of either passion or violence becomes much more than a he-said, she-said: it chases instead the ways one life can unravel another. Exquisitely plotted, endlessly surprising, and so real it hurts, Rules for Lying speaks to the darkest--and then most hopeful--places inside us all." --Drew Perry, author, Kids These Days