Liars and Saints
By Maile Meloy
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780743261982, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 29, 2004
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With her first novel, Liars and Saints, award-winning author Maile Meloy more than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love. This richly textured novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships. Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre family from World War II to the present. In a family driven as much by jealousy and propriety as by love, an unspoken tradition of deceit is passed from generation to generation. When tragedy shatters their precarious domestic lives, it takes astonishing courage and compassion to bring them back together. By turns funny and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Liars and Saints is a masterful display of Maile Meloy's prodigious gifts and of her penetrating insight into an extraordinary American family and into the nature of human love.
Maile Meloy is the author of the story collection Half in Love and the novel Liars and Saints, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize. Meloy's stories have been published in The New Yorker, and she has received The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rosenthal Foundation Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in California.
The New York Times Book Review
A spectacular first novel.
The Boston Globe A tour de force.
The New York Times Magazine Maile Meloy combines the meticulous realism of domestic fiction with the witchery of a natural-born storyteller.
San Francisco Chronicle Remarkable...Bittersweet, wise, with a fantastic sense of character and history...Fifteen minutes after opening this book, a reader is apt not just to care about the Santerres but also to feel like one of them.