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A Lie Someone Told You about Yourself

A Lie Someone Told You about Yourself

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"Wise, bracingly honest...A reassuring reality check...Exhilarating." --New York Times Book Review

"There are some stories that require as much courage to write as they do art. Peter Ho Davies's achingly honest, searingly comic portrait of fatherhood is just such a story...The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love." --Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend

"There is nothing superfluous in these pages...A novel that...earns its place on the shelf alongside the frank and sometimes acerbic memoirs of Rachel Cusk and Anne Enright." --Claire Messud, Harper's

A heartbreaking, soul-baring novel about the repercussions of choice that "will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere," (starred Kirkus) from the award-winning author of The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes

A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political experiences a family can have: to have a child, and conversely, the decision not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests--and questions that reverberate down the years.

When does sorrow turn to shame?
When does love become labor?
When does chance become choice?
When does a diagnosis become destiny?
And when does fact become fiction?

This spare, graceful narrative chronicles the flux of parenthood, marriage, and the day-to-day practice of loving someone. As challenging as it is vulnerable, as furious as it is tender, as touching as it is darkly comic, Peter Ho Davies's new novel is an unprecedented depiction of fatherhood.

Author: Peter Ho Davies
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: 01/05/2021
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.57lbs
Size: 7.10h x 5.30w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780544277717

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2020 pg. 37
Publishers Weekly 10/05/2020
Kirkus Reviews 11/01/2020
Booklist 12/01/2020 pg. 24

About the Author
PETER HO DAVIES is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of The Fortunes and The Welsh Girl (long-listed for the Booker Prize). Chosen by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists, he is on the faculty of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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