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The Lie: A Novel

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Coming of age in 1940s and 1950s America, Ramona Smollens takes her cues about female sexuality from Hollywood movie stars. None is more voluptuous than Rita Hayworth, the redhead who knows how to please a man and becomes a volcano of passion at her lover's touch, whose image inspired American flyers on their missions in World War II and even graced the first atomic bomb ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Steerforth
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Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jul 31, 2009 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women, women's reading groups
Mini Synopsis: Romano Smollens is a “damaged” young woman who meets her future husband on a bench in the park. She is immediately attracted to him on several levels and marries him quickly in her youthful confusion and to escape her unstable and abusive home. Her life is better in the house of her new husband but she is stuck in a pattern of self doubt that she cannot reconcile and which, causes her emotional difficulties and ultimately leading to disastrous results.
My Thoughts: I cannot say tha
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Fredrica Wagman
Jun 23, 2009 Fredrica Wagman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Lie

Coming of age in the 1950's America, Ramona Smollens takes her cues about female sexuality from Hollywood movie stars. None is more voluptuous than Rita Haywowrth, the redhead who knows how to please a man and becomes a volcano of passion at her lover's touch, whose image inspired American flyers on their missions in World War ll and even graced the first atomic bomb tested at the Bikini Atoll. Ramona marries young to escape her mother's house shortly after the death of her father. She ta
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Sarah
Feb 13, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Dark, disturbing, poignant, weird.
That's my Frederica!

Myckyee
Jun 22, 2009 Myckyee rated it liked it
On Wikipedia the ‘stream of consciousness’ literary tool is defined as:

“…a narrative mode that seeks to portray an individual's point of view by giving the written equivalent of the character's thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her actions.”

While it’s not a device that I’m fond of reading, Fredrica Wagman has some good company. James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Dorothy Richardson (who was said to have created the technique) and Virginia Woolf have all
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Sensitivemuse
Aug 18, 2009 Sensitivemuse rated it liked it
The book is a short one. About 200 pages long. It covers the life of Ramona Smollens. She didn't have much of a life to begin with. Her father treated her horribly. Her mother didn't care and was more concerned about herself. She lives with her mother, as her father had recently passed away. Yet her mother still treats her like dirt. So, in order to get away from this she married an older man; Solomon Columbus. Thinking married life is as glamorous as they make it out to be in Hollywood, Ramona ...more
Morris
Sep 19, 2009 Morris rated it liked it
Ramona Smollens did not have much of a childhood. Her father abused her and her mother did nothing to either encourage or stop him. At age 17, she patterns her sexual identity from her silver screen idol, Rita Hayworth, whose father abused her at a young age.

While sitting on a park bench, Ramona meets Solomon Columbus. She is instantly attracted to him and they sneak back to her mother's attic and spend four days having sex. They are soon married, all of this taking place shortly after the death
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Jessica
Nov 13, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-crossing
This book was totally not what I expected it to be. Honestly, I really had no expectations, it's been in my to-read pile forever and I finally just got to it. But even with no expectations, it completely surprised me. This review may contain spoilers, it is incredibly difficult to talk about without giving away plot. But I think it will be okay, if you plan on reading the book - I don't think anything I discuss will ruin the story in any way.
Ramona Smollens is seventeen when she meets the man sh
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Sherrie
Sep 07, 2009 Sherrie rated it it was amazing


"The Lie" by Fredrica Wagman
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Ramona Smolliens has a chance meeting on a park bench with an older man, Solomon Columbus. The two become lovers, and soon Ramona is leaving the home of her mother and recently deceased father for marriage and the trappings of adult life. She takes with her a dark family secret, the sort of secret one simply did not talk about, one that would stalk her as she matured into her role as wife and mother. Coming of age in 1950's America. Ramona gets h
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Jeanette Stingley
Nov 01, 2009 Jeanette Stingley rated it liked it
The Lie by Fredrica Wagman was hard to get into at first. In fact, I had to reread the first 2 chapters twice to grasp the writing style of the author as I haven't read another book like it before that I can remember! The Lie turned out to be was interesting and different.

The story begins with Ramona, the main character, sitting on a park bench contemplating the death of her father. She begins talking to the stranger sitting next to her for hours about everything and nothing in particular. Immed
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Michelle
"This book is one of the more haunting, compelling books I ve read in a while. Ramona s struggle is heart-wrenching. I wanted to be able to put the book down and forget about her problems but found that I couldn t. Even when I wasn t reading the book, I was haunted by her questions and issues, including while I slept.[return][return]It took me a while to realize what the struggle actually was, let alone the lie around which the entire book circles. Ms. Wagman gives the reader hints and clues ...more
Becca
What I Liked About the Book: Wagman has some very beautifully written thoughts. I like to read passages like "But that was because I didn't know then that success teaches nothing" and "we fly with our past on our wings" and "she glared at me still reeking of that venerated air of supreme indifference that she so diligently cultivated over her whole long nasty life."

What I Did Not Like: The stream-of consciousness writing is harder to enjoy than I thought it would be. There are hardly any periods
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Marie Z. Johansen
Nov 15, 2009 Marie Z. Johansen rated it liked it

I did not know what, exactly, I was expecting when I began reading this book but it was, surely not what I found. This book is 214 pages that recount the psychology of a girl/woman & her journey to self. Growing up with the mind set of the 50's, the books protagonist, Ramona, takes us through her life; a life in which she finds a myriad of heart break and bewilderment; loss & sorrow. From the abusive home in which Ramona grows up - the daughter of an abusive father and a narcissistic mo
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Cheryl
Aug 15, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
This book was just one rambling, run-on sentence. The characters were boring and the plot was predictable.
Elizabeth Neas
This book wasn't for me. I mean honestly did Ramona have to describe Solomon's fingers on every other page.? I don't think I ever want to read the word "penis" again.
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