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Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain's Freckle Films. Her new novel GIRL IN DISGUISE, about America's first female private detective, has been called "a superb story" (Publishers Weekly) and "a rip-roaring, fast-paced treat to read" (Booklist).

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The Magician's Lie

3.66 avg rating — 9,899 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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3.72 avg rating — 2,357 ratings — published 2017 — 10 editions
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Woman 99

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What lovely news from the UK! The Magician's Lie has been longlisted for this year's Debut Crown from the Historical Writers' Association. Only 12 novels published in the UK last year have that honor, and I'm so pleased to be included! (I've never been longlisted for anything before!)

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" Annieb wrote: "Looking forward to it. Is it also historical? Loved Magician's Lie."

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“Life is always better than death. Always. No exceptions.”
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“But this is life, and when bad things come to us, there isn't much choice. You survive them or you don't.”
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“She had been searching for a way to justify her own choices. It was the first time I realized that we all bend and shape our stories to fit our own ends. It was certainly no the last.”
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