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Lying Low

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four critical days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, "lying low", and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. 288 pp. 10,000 print.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Plume (first published 1978)
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Cynthia
Nov 20, 2008 Cynthia rated it did not like it
Lying Low is about this random group of people that rent a house. You've got the owner of the house, this judgemental old ballet teacher. There's her photographer brother Anton, whose had several broken marriages, and now has a weird crush on Lynn. Lynn is really Marybeth who committed a crime long ago and has lived sn underground life ever since. And Ouida is the Brazilian immigrant trying to stay in the country.

All are "Lying Low" for their own reasons, from the law, immigration, broken marria
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Jane
Apr 06, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Diane Johnson fans; people interested in the 1970s counter culture
As a 1970s college grad, I enjoyed this trip down memory lane. It's set in a college town near Sacramento (hint: the author spent time at UC Davis) where disparate types rent rooms in a large house. It's the story of how they reveal their secrets to each other and their landlords.
The seventies details such as the food coop and the casual hitch-hiking are fun to revisit. The downside to this book, as in many other Diane Johnson books, is the ending that climaxes with a cinematic crash. You ask yo
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Feb 01, 2016 Laurel Deloria rated it really liked it
A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four crucial days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, "lying low" and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. Theo Wait, a middle-aged former ballet dancer, and her brother, Anton, have taken in two... boarders
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Nov 03, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it
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Southern Flower
May 21, 2013 Southern Flower rated it liked it
is there something I'm missing, like some pages? it just left me feeling like it was a waste of my brain cells
Elaine
Aug 12, 2008 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good novel
Like all of Diane Johnson's novels, this one is a good read and teaches you more about how and why people behave, or at least, the variety of minds who inhabit this planet.
Jessica
Jan 07, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
I liked it - it just never finished it. It was always somewhat interesting but it never fully grabbed me and demanded that I commit to it.
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May 15, 2007 Janice rated it it was ok
Booooring. I don't know why I have a compulsion to finish books...
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Diane Johnson is an American born novelist and essayist whose satirical novels often contain American heroines living abroad in contemporary France.

Born in Moline, Illinois, Johnson's recent books include L'Affaire (2004), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997) for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards gold medal for fiction.

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