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The Lie by Oscar H. Bennett
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Aug 17, 11

bookshelves: 2011
Recommended for: people fond of the saying, I told you so.

I have to start this review by saying that the pic on the jacket of the author, Oscar H. Bennett, makes him look totally happy to be here, refreshing.

Set in Evansville, IN in the 70s, a lie takes on a life of its own. Older brother Lawrence, the good looking, track star brother is shot and killed by his younger, more socially awkward, chubby brother Terry. Terry tells a lie to cover up this fact and we read on as it wreaks havoc on everything in sight and then some. Already uneasy race relations are made taut, family goes sour, school and futures are tossed and turned. Things get so deep I wasn't sure if we were going to make it out.

It's a hard coming of age for Terry after this but not without some merits and revelations. These help keep the book from being one big uncomfortable moment piled upon the next. I have to say, Terry man's up in the end.
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