The Lie (Hardcover)

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"The Great War", like all other wars, had many different kinds of casualties. The ones who come back bear their scars forever no matter how quietly they try to put their lives back together. In this novel full of beautifully understated emotion, Dunmore invites us unto Daniel's tormented mind as he attempts to manage the past and present to the best of his damaged ability and finds a kind of closure at the meeting of both realities. — Karen Frank


From the award-winning author of The Siege, Helen Dunmore, comes The Lie; a spellbinding tale of love, remembrance, and deception, set against the backdrop of World War I.

Cornwall, 1920. Daniel Branwell has survived the First World War and returned to the small fishing town where he was born. Behind him lie the trenches and the most intense relationship of his life. As he works on the land, struggling to make a living in the aftermath of war, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the traumas of the past and memories of his dearest friend and his first love. Above all, as the drama unfolds, Daniel is haunted by the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie. Set in France during the First World War and in post-war Cornwall, this is a deeply moving and mesmerizing story of the "men who marched away".

About the Author

Helen Dunmore is the author of eleven books, including The Greatcoat, The Betrayal, a New York Times Editors' Choice; The Siege, a best seller and finalist for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; and A Spell of Winter, winner of the Orange Prize.

Praise For…

Advance praise for THE LIE:

[A] tender tale subtle and enduring...A quiet tragedy a poet's feeling for language shines through the descriptions of the landscapein 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 restlessIt 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 countsa 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 descriptiona heart-wrenching portrait of psychological crucifixion.”Literary Review

An extraordinarily affecting novelcrunchingly powerfulwhat’s most heartbreaking about the novel is the hesitant, awkward intimacy between Daniel and Felicia.”Reader's Digest

Excitingthe four year wait for this new novel promises to be well worth it.”The, Five books to watch out for in 2014
A stunning, understated novel that breathes with authenticitySurely 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802122544
ISBN-10: 080212254X
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 294
Language: English
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