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Liars and Saints: A Novel Paperback – July 13, 2004
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This is a multi-generational story of a Catholic family growing up between World War II, and present day. She jumps chapter to chapter from siblings to parents, to grandparents, and down to great grandchildren, each having their own impressively distinct voice and journey.
What's so great about this book is that it moves at such a wonderful pace leaving you with each character for just long enough, before shifting focus and making you want to find out even more about the person you just left. I just found them all fascinating and so interesting. Even the few that were slightly less developed Meloy still managed to make you feel empathically connected to. This is an emotionally honest novel with some surprising turns, and a satisfying conclusion.One of the better books I've read this year.
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This book follows four generations of family as they make decisions/mistakes that alter the course of their lives, affecting more than just themselves. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jenmcdan13
I should say at the outset that I don't normally read books written by women (except Jane Austen) but having read a short story by Maile Meloy in 'The New Yorker' i sampled this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Pagan
I picked up Liars and Saints sort of randomly as I saw it on an older NY Times Notable Books list and I had read Meloy's short story collection that came out a few years ago... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joseph Landes
The book is very well writen and holds your interest througout. Our book club is sure to have a lively discussion on this book.Published on November 4, 2013 by John Follansbee
I'm puzzled by the negative responses to Liars and Saints, a novel I found unusually compelling and perceptive. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by pkgoode
Yes, the book is written in a simple, straight forward manner, but the ideas and thoughts and character are extremely deep. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Joan A. Degenkolb
Maille Melloy's book is a page-turner. Could not put it down. The characters come alive on the page and make decisions that seem fairly rational at the time but have negative... Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by Pamela Nichols
The book is well-written and compelling. It is an easy read. I find it very moving for I have been exposed to something I don't see, or experience, in everyday life. Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Andrew Sessler
I thoroughly hate this book. I'm not even very sure what it's supposed to be about, but the plot includes a housewife in the 50s who has an affair, someone getting pregnant, people... Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by Kys