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A middle-aged woman finds what she thinks is love in later life - a brilliant new novel from the winner of the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Effie Gillis is a history professor teaching at a major university. She is also a survivor - of a troubled childhood, two failed marriages and numerous relationships which, for the most part, ended badly.

Now, out of her past, arrives a man who is familiar and yet mysterious; mature, wise, and full of youthful energy. His presence is a reassurance, but he also carries with him an aura that is menacing.

Slowly she becomes dependent on a relationship that's rich in truth and promise - but doomed by the lie that gave it life.

Drawing on both minor and major characters from his two previous novels, The Long Stretch and The Bishop's Man, Why Men Lie is a story of longing, love and loss in middle age.

Reviews

Well-staged and very engrossing

William Leith, Evening Standard

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  • Paperback

    9780099575221

    September 15, 2013

    Vintage

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448130337

    September 13, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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