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July 24, 2009

Liars and Saints — by Maile Meloy


I've had this book on my "to read" shelf — actually, in my "to read" bookcase, as it's gotten way out of control — for years now, so I have no idea why I finally started it last week.

I've always liked the title even though I had no idea what it was about, having removed the dust jacket when it arrived as per S.O.P. here in joeWorld.

So, I started it at bedtime and was immediately captivated by what appeared to be one of those family sagas, except this one encompassed four generations, from World War II up to the present day, within 257 tightly written, oftimes surprising, and very well written pages.

Meloy carries you along and suddenly the story veers off in a completely unexpected direction, the characters surprising themselves as much as the reader.

You can read excerpts here.

Upon finishing the book I immediately ordered her new story collection, "Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It" (excerpted here).

Like I said, she's good with titles.

July 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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