Why Men Lie
From the bestselling author of The Bishop’s Man, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, a brilliant, deeply wise and challenging new novel.
Why do men lie? Effie MacAskill Gillis, a self-sufficient woman of her time, is confident she knows. She learned the hard way—from a war-damaged father and a troubled brother who became a priest, through failed marriages and doomed rela
Found these two books nestled against each other on my ereader:
"The Bishop's Man" began in Cape...more
I read The Bishop’s Man and loved it. When I s...more
I wasn’t sure what the point was when I started reading Why Men Lie . The first 16 pages covered bits and pieces of a year, without a sense of where things were going. Though I wasn’t sure if I liked the protagonist, Effie MacAskill Gillis (Sister to Duncan, from Bishop’s Man), I did find the dialogue well written, and a steady flow to the writing. My issue with Effie: she...more
Although a grabbing and provocative title, the novel is certainly not a documentary or an explanation thereof either. It is however a well written story following the life of one Effie MacAskill. She is a Torontonian and a Cape Breton native who is middle-aged and quite content within her rather quiet and solitary lifestyle. All that changes when she ha...more
I loved The Bishop's Man and easily include it in my top 10 books, so I had really high expectations for this book. I am so glad it lived up to them.
I feel as through...more
What's NOT interesting? The title...as it turns out, the reason men lie is exactly what you would have imagined: because it serves their nee...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 “W...more
It’s a complicated tale, a microcosmic view into the life and thought-process of Effie Gillis after three broken relationships and a conscious effort at building a tolerance to independence and the changes...more
I didn't like all the drinking in this story either - the easy and quick reliance on a drink, or many drinks, to ease pain and clear or erase thinking. Too m...more
McIntyre, in all three of his books about (mainly) three families from Cape Breton’s Long Stretch area, presents his story like the reader is overhearing a conversation in a pub. The narrative is life-like. Like real conversations, they are obscured by innuendo, by omission, deception, interruption and non-verbal communication, all of which make the narrative challenging. The big revelations are to so...more
After spending a few days with this novel, reading and rereading passages, I can honestly say it is one interesting experiment of a book.
Once you crack open Why Men Lie, it won't take long for you to realize that Linden MacIntyre is trying to make a point. It wasn't always clear to me what that point was but there was definitely more than a simple story here. This wasn't really a surprise to me, his earlier book The Bishop's Man, also carried a str...more
I would not try again except that I received this book for free from Goodreads.
When I began this book, I did not realize that this is the last part of a trilogy. It may have been helpful to have read the other books prior to this one in order to have a more complete understanding of the characters.
The story revolves around an old...more
This book isn't perfect, but it is great - a great read, gripping characters, and a story that works as a tale, as a plot and as a series of opportunities to explore life's most compelling questions...more