Professor Owl’s Book Corner~ Book of the week ~ 14th August 2014

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart (Author}

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Price:

Kindle Edition: CDN$11.99

Hardcover Edition CDN$10.10

 

Patrician New England clan decamps to their private island off Martha’s Vineyard for the summer. Of the dozen or so Sinclair family members in residence, “No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure.” Three lies, the first of many, provide an irresistible premise for this ticking bomb of a novel by E. Lockhart.

All the Sinclair’s are rich, athletic and beautiful. They have servants, money and stiff upper lips. They go to the right schools, play excellent tennis and are as brittle as porcelain, ready to shatter into a million pieces under the strain of rivalry, silence and greed.

Overtones of the Brothers Grimm and “King Lear” abound in this quasi-fable about the powerful patriarch and his three beautiful, useless daughters, all of whom drink too much and feud over who will get the biggest slice of the family fortune. Meanwhile the next generation — Lear’s grandchildren, as it were — raises the moral ante by falling inappropriately in love, fomenting revolution and refusing to participate in the traditional Sinclair game of vying for granddad’s money.

The liars of the title are three teenage cousins — Johnny, Mirren and our narrator, Cadence — together with an outsider by the name of Gat Patil. Gat is handsome, dark-skinned and charismatic, with passionately held political beliefs such as: “Not everyone has private islands. Some people work on them. Some work in factories. Some don’t have work. Some don’t have food.” Cadence’s grandfather cannot even bring himself to address the interloper by name, but for Cadence it is love at first sight.

While the Sinclair mothers bicker over tablecloths, earrings and trust funds, the liars dream of college and freedom and true love. Lockhart admirably captures the erotic intensity of shadowy summer nights when the grown-ups either are drunk or elsewhere, or both, leaving the liars — tanned and barefoot and desperate for intimacy — to kiss and shiver and swear eternal allegiance on the beach.

Years pass; the troubles in paradise intensify. Money is tight. Drinkers become drunks. Sexual jealousies surface. And then, during the summer of her 15th year, Cadence suffers a catastrophic accident that leaves her with crippling migraines and total amnesia. But what actually happened? Was it really just an accident?

Cadence returns to the island after two years to try to reconstruct what happened on the night of the accident. For reasons that frustrate her (and the reader), but which will eventually be explained, not a single witness will talk. The story jumps back and forth in time, interspersing her edgy, idiomatic narrative with a series of powerful twisted fairy tales. Slowly, painstakingly, Cadence pieces together the events of that terrible night. Despite a final chapter that hints at redemption, it is not the sort of disaster from which she will ever recover.

A New York Times Bestseller “Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.”–Wall Street Journal “A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.”–Parade.com “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” – John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending.” – Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.   We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.  Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. “An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.”–New York Times Book Review

No one should be talking about the shocking twist ending. What we can talk about is…[Lockhart’s] razor-sharp portrayal of a family for whom keeping up appearances is paramount and, ultimately, tragic.”–The Chicago Tribune

 Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2239 KB
    • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 13 2014)
    • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
    • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPOSDGYAlso available as an Hardcover Edition

Available from http://www.amazon.ca

 

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