Why Men Lie Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Mar 27 2012
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“A novel for our time…relatable.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“Absolutely brilliant…. Why Men Lie has the flavour of a peaty single-malt.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Powerful and compelling…. MacIntyre has spent three novels investigating…dark corners of the past, both personal and societal; in Why Men Lie, there may be no answers, but there is at least a hint of light.”
—Robert J. Wiersema, National Post
“A nuanced novel.... There’s an odd, mesmerizing pull to the tale; MacIntyre can build suspense from thin air.... [His] gift is capturing the poetic thrum of life’s unanswered questions and ragged endings. That his book is left with one is the price paid.”
“Treatises on the battle of the sexes are often flawed in execution, but Linden MacIntyre’s new novel rings true.”
About the Author
Linden MacIntyre is a co-host of the fifth estate and the winner of nine Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism. His bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2006, and won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Evelyn Richardson Prize. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year, and has been published in the U.K. and the U.S. and has been translated into eight languages.
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There, that's my unfiltered and unsophisticated first impression of Linden MacIntyre's latest novel. Because I just finished reading it this morning. I had about fifty pages left to read when I got up and could literally not put it down. WHY MEN LIE is MacIntyre's third novel in what is (so far, at least) a trilogy about three core families from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The author, who is a distinguished broadcast journalist for CBC, grew up in that part of Canada and obviously knows it - and its people - very well. That much was evident in the first two novels, Long Stretch and The Bishop's Man, as well as in a very evocative memoir, Causeway.
The three Cape Breton families, two named Gillis and one named MacAskill, all provide central characters in the three novels, although the central character changes in each book. Cousins John and Sextus Gillis are foremost in THE LONG STRETCH. A priest, Father Duncan MacAskill is central to THE BISHOP'S MAN; and his sister, Faye "Effie" MacAskill-Gillis, takes center stage in this newest book, WHY MEN LIE.
Ol' Sir Walter Scott had it right when he wrote "Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive." And, while there certainly is a web of lies and half-truths throughout WHY MEN LIE, I'm not entirely sure if that particular question, if it indeed is a question, is ever answered.Read more ›
“Why Men Lie”, the last volume in the trilogy is actually an extension to “The Bishop’s Man” (book 2) where Priest Duncan MacAskill , known as the “fixer” was the center figure. This latest features Effie MacAskill- Gillis, Duncan’s sister, as the main player and is set mostly in Toronto and in Cape Breton during the late 1990’s. The story follows further the community and the family saga we have come to know in the previous installments. The central theme in “Why men Lie” is impotence: physical, mental, intellectual as well as sexual and revolves around lies and deception.
Narrated in the third person from Effie’s perspective, the novel chronicles the journey of a middle-aged woman and a highly regarded Celtic scholar making her way into the world of men that has populated her life.
I join those who have mixed feelings about this book. In one hand, this is undeniably a complex, well-crafted novel with excellent prose but on the other hand the plot missed to deliver intrigue successfully. IMO the novel resonates more as a domestic fiction with ever changing series of flashbacks to anything else. Mr. MacIntyre is a master in dialogue and the characters definitely talk a lot, in fact they ramble quite freely, at times in Gaelic. This is a very slow moving story that highlights the author’s love for the east coast and it takes him a long time to make a point. In reality it gave me time to pause and mull over the question “Why men Lie?”……In the book women lie as much……( is that so :))
This novel is interesting in many ways but it was just missing that captivating quality to be invested deeply into it or compelled to keep turning the pages at rapid pace. “Why Men Lie” is definitely not as great as its predecessor “The Bishop Man” but nevertheless worth spending time with.
In this novel MacIntyre visits the character of Effie Gillis, who lived in silent fear for years, and now as a middle-aged woman attempts to reconcile that past and her own visceral, instinctive reactions to any trigger which might be construed as related.
While it is a story about latent violence both of the spirit and the body, it is also a story of quiet hope, one without blazing moments of epiphany, but rather of muted understanding.
Ultimately a very Canadian novel from a very Canadian writer.
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At first reaction, "Why Men Lie" suffers by comparison with "The Bishop's Man" because the issues at stake are less clear. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Michael Bridger
WHY MEN LIE
The Bishop’s man’s sister Effie finds herself embroiled in a fifties something love affair with one of the most complicated if not insidiously creepy men to lurk... Read more
This was a well written book. Moved in different directions throughout, and had a surprise ending. I read this through a reading group and everyone loved the book.Published on June 19 2013 by Verna Brown
The author assumed the voice of a female...challenging but successful. JC remained enigmatic to the end... Read morePublished on June 9 2013 by Bev Armstrong
I don't like the story as much as the Bishop's Man. And I'm still reading it..... Have not read the Long Strech yet. I wished you would stop asking me about the books I buy. Read morePublished on May 5 2013 by Karin Barth
Enjoyed the book. Especially as a Torontonian- the book takes place between Cape Breton and Toronto. Some twists and many interesting characters. Sad overall. Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Maya