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- Publication Date: March 30, 2014
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But Richard, it turns out, is not the only "good liar" in Vivian's life. Without giving away the plot, I'll just say that no sooner has Vivian faced up to Richard's fabrications then she's forced to consider other ways in which she's been lied to that belie her most intimate and honest relationships. Ethical questions pop into the reader's head all along the way. Is Richard ultimately a "good" liar, in that he's a good person who yet lies? Or is he just a good--as in smooth--liar? Can his character be redeemed enough to warrant Vivian's love, her life's commitment?
Ann Elwood, it turns out, is a mystery writer who embeds several mysteries in one story, all the while challenging the reader to examine Truth a bit more closely than before.
The Good Liar is a wonderfully written coming of age story of a young California woman that plays out against the historical backdrop of the late sixties--when the ideals of peace and love were inextricably intertwined with the horrors of the Vietnam War. Seduced by her boss’s fantastic stories, caught up by the tales she and her co-workers create for their magical maps, and devastated by her discoveries about parents’ lives, Vivian finally learns to tell her own stories. And as a reader, I wanted these stories never to end.
Negative misrepresentations of the ever-elusive Truth are easily held to scrutiny. "I saw Jane Doe shoot the cashier at Ralph's." Can you prove you were at Ralph's? What connection, if any, exists between you and Doe? Do you suffer from visual impairment or use substances that can distort perception? Lies with serious negative connotations are the scaffolding of much popular fiction and drama.
But what about lies that attract, protect and merely lubricate consensual reality? Elwood's charismatic Richard spins realms of untruth, perhaps inadvertently snaring the erotic interest of a woman who is then driven to question the familial lies on which her childhood rests. Are these lies "good?" What if the bald "truth" is either harmful or boring? And where do you draw the line?
Set against the backdrop of the 60's in which, as now and ever, governments lie in order to manipulate populations, THE GOOD LIAR addresses a fascinating conundrum through the lens of a good story.
- yes at the beach - I have to say it really made this trip even more interesting on our rides up and down the coast.
Driving down Santa Monica Blvd. thinking of Richard and Vivian doing the same -
my husband and had fun exploring and trying to find some of their haunts -
we think we may have found the small bar tucked away around the corner from their
work - we like to think we did anyway.
Looking forward to Elwoods next book.
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our stories is the truth? It was hard to put this book down.Read more