Effie Gillis is a history professor teaching at a major university. She is a survivor of a troubled childhood, two failed marriages and numerous relationships which, for the part, ended badly. She finds herself a source of desire for men who, like her, have aged but who is remain obsessed by the insecurities and superficial needs of adolescence.
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. In her maturity she finds herself a source of solace and an object of desire for men who, like her, have aged but who, unlike her, remain obsessed by all the insecurities and superficial needs of adolescence. 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.
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About Linden MacIntyre
Linden MacIntyre is one of Canada's most distinguished broadcast journalists. He has been involved in the production of documentaries and stories from all over the world. He is the author of four previous books, including his first novel, The Long Stretch, and a childhood memoir, Causeway, both of which were critically acclaimed; the latter won The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 2007. His most recent novel, The Bishop's Man, was awarded the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and two Libris Awards. It was also longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize. MacIntyre was born in St Lawrence, Newfoundland, and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton. He now lives in Toronto.
Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre
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