The Lie The great British novelist is back with a piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war, in The Lie . In 1920, Daniel… The Lie The great British novelist is back with a piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war, in The Lie . In 1920, Daniel… 2014-04-01 Fiction Atlantic Monthly Press
Book Review

The Lie (2014)

THE LIE Helen Dunmore
THE LIE Helen Dunmore
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2014; Writer: Helen Dunmore; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

The great British novelist is back with a piercing look at the long and lingering tentacles of war, in The Lie. In 1920, Daniel Branwell returns home to a fishing village in Cornwall after his tour of duty in France. He's a shell of a man, living off the land of an elderly recluse. (Would that she hadn't died so soon, because the old biddy is fascinating.) Haunted by his memories and unable to escape his feelings of guilt, Daniel gingerly reconnects with his one remaining childhood friend, Felicia, whose brother was his commanding officer in the trenches. Dunmore writes with elegant authority, her language crisp and tense. Though her denouement seems rushed, you'll still feel deeply for this broken man's dreamlike grappling to find a place for himself in a world forever shifted. B+

Originally posted Mar 26, 2014 Published in issue #1305 Apr 04, 2014 Order article reprints
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