This Is All A Lie

This Is All A Lie

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Three lives, one unreliable narrator and the consequences of losing intimacy. The story opens with Ray leaving his mistress for the final time. At the bottom of her apartment tower, he answers his phone. It's Nancy, his lover, and she is threatening to jump if he drives away. She wants emotional truth in an arena where everything is a lie. She wants a reason to stay alive and Ray is uniquely unqualified to give her what she wants. Ray's wife, Tulah, loves snow and keeps a snow journal-- every time it snows she goes out in it and records what she thinks and feels about the snow in the context of her life. Tulah is filled with secrets, and denial, and unhappiness and when she is drawn into Ray's messy affair, everything she thought she knew is thrown aside. What are the consequences of losing intimacy? Does Nancy jump from her 39th floor balcony? What happens with Tulah and Ray? The answers lie within, perhaps.
Publisher: Winnipeg, MB : Enfield & Wizenty, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781927855775
1927855772
Characteristics: 315 pages ;,22 cm

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burmisgal
Jan 16, 2018

I requested that the library purchase this book and they did! I am very grateful. This book is full of twists and turns and authorial intrusions. In some ways, very modern and experimental. And yet in others, it feels very nineteenth century. A classic adultery plot. I happened to be reading Anna Karenina for the first time, and can't help but see the similarities. A very intriguing read.

"Ray closes his eyes. He can hear the wind moving in the leaves of the elms--the hushing sound that could be the ocean. He envies the wind. It moves through the upper branches and beyond. It is barely concerned with gravity. It touches what it wants to touch, when it wants--and then it's gone. It moves beyond here."

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