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All True Not a Lie in It Hardcover – Feb 10 2015

3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st edition (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034580855X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345808554
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WINNER 2015 – Amazon.ca First Novel Award

LONGLISTED 2015 – Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Alix Hawley has written a boldly original, mysterious, and provocative novel—the demythologizing of an American icon and his reinvention as a figure of poetic luminosity. She is Cormac McCarthy’s young heiress, with a light and forgiving heart.” —Joyce Carol Oates


“An extraordinary feat of backwoods ventriloquism, carried off with great flair and conviction, across the boundaries of custom, time and gender. Alix Hawley invests afresh in the voice of Daniel Boone and his tough familiars, bringing shock and sensuality, but also surprising tenderness, to the famously rugged frontier myth.”
Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

“Alix Hawley’s resurrection of the great woodsman, Daniel Boone, is astonishingly, uncannily vivid. Lightly stitched to the sparse historical record, this is not a picture of the frontier itself so much as the restless spirits of exploration, love, memory, and greed that drove Boone—‘the white Indian’—west through the wilderness. His voice cracks like a musket shot across these pages—brave, confused, and yearning—and Hawley’s close, dream-like perspective lends a hallucinatory aspect to her prose, as if we are looking out Boone’s eyes at those lost landscapes and faces. An amazing debut.”
Regina Marler

“I fell in love with Alix Hawley’s Daniel Boone, a man drawn to the beating heart of the wild landscape that stretches beyond his known world, and who risks recklessly to preserve his freedom.”
Frances Greenslade, author of Shelter

All True Not a Lie in It moves with surety and grace through legends and landscapes trod by more than a few major artists. Watching Alix Hawley negotiate this challenging terrain, via Daniel Boone, of all American stories, is a serious literary thrill. An audacious debut.”
Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life

“Alix Hawley has really done a number on an American folk hero. With vivid imagery and a strong, dreamlike voice, she confidently strips away the myth of Daniel Boone to reveal the strange, pulsing man underneath. It is a remarkable feat and a remarkable book.”
Tracy Chevalier, author of The Last Runaway and Girl with a Pearl Earring

“Alix Hawley’s debut novel is audacious and bold, like an early Ondaatje, with writing that is luscious, lyrical, and bloodthirsty. Like Hawley’s narrator, Daniel Boone, All True Not a Lie In It constantly seeks out new ground, wrapping the reader in a landscape of language and dream.” 
Alexi Zentner, author of The Lobster Kings and Touch


About the Author

Alix Hawley studied English literature and creative writing at Oxford University, the University of East Anglia and the University of British Columbia. She published a story collection, The Old Familiar, with Thistledown Press in 2008. She won the 2014 Canada Writes Bloodlines competition, judged by Lawrence Hill, and was runner-up for the CBC Literary Award for short stories in 2012 and 2014. She teaches at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC, where she lives with her family.

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As historical fiction there is nothing new here for readers who already know the Daniel Boone story. As a fictional character Boone comes across as sociopath, an interesting proposition that is neither explained nor developed. The most interesting part of the story is the indian society within which Boone resides temporarily, but which he never appreciates.
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Without a doubt, one of the best books I've read. Hawley's writing is pure poetry. I was up all night reading with my flashlight in hand and couldn't put it down. I knew nothing about Boone before I read her book, and now can't get him out of my head.
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I went into this book unsure of what to expect - and found myself unable to put it down and finishing it in less than a week.

The vivid imagery and internal torment of Boone as imagined by Alix Hawley has me likening it to Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and the enjoyment I got out of that book. The character interactions involve a depth you don't encounter often. There was clearly a lot of research put into this book.

Highly recommend.
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"The Orenda" by Joseph Boyden for Americans It is a finely crafted read. Hawley has done her homework, here. It was enjoyable for the strong language and the literary accomplishment of turning the Boone legend into reality. Totally worth it!
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Riveting, lyrical, stupendous. I didn't think I cared about Daniel Boone; Hawley's interpretation of him is a fascinating character. Funny, tragic, and a perplexing but often sympathetic dirtbag.
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I waited months for this book, after hearing the author read from it, and was prepared to love it. Perhaps if I had not cut my teeth on legends of Dan'l Boone, if I had not cut my arm on a dusty record book in a Kentucky courthouse, a book of land records, one of them signed by Boone, I could have slid into the world painted by such a creative writer. I kept waiting for magic, hoping to enter the world of this American icon. Instead, the book kept me at distance, kept outside Boone's world. I appreciated the clever writing but not the interpretation of Boone's life, which I did not find convincing.
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