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"After school, custodian Oliver Nix investigates a strange sound coming from the boys' locker room. What he finds rocks this suburban Atlanta community. Langley, a sophomore, claims she was forced, but Kevin, the accused, insists on his innocence while plotting his path out of town. His mother, Grace, defends her son despite having made a similar accusation twenty years be ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Southeast Missouri State Univ Press
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Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is well written and presents a fresh take on issues of rape and truth in situations. It is set in Atlanta, so the familiar setting of home was comfortable for me. The story was well developed and well told. Not all characters were likable, which is realistic as not all people are likable. A terrific debut novel!
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose and intriguing characters!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I was a student in the author's creative writing class at my university and wanted to read her book upon finding out she had written one. Corbitt really entangles you in the scene and world of this book with her vivid descriptions and strong figurative language. I found myself rereading some lines that were just great over again because of their quality. I also found the subject matter very intriguing and dealt with in a careful manner. I felt that the adults (Nix and Grace) in ...more
Brandon Wicks
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very impressive--and suspenseful--debut about a community's fallout over teenage rape allegations. Corbitt never flinches from the moral complexity at the heart of the novel, and she develops her characters with a close and compassionate eye. A quite satisfying read. ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Writing was really good and plot was interesting. I felt like the book ended with a lot of loose ends, but perhaps that was intentional?
Dawn Major
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You hear the term page-turner often, but in the case of Anne Corbitt’s novel, Rules for Lying, the expression is dead on. The chapters are extremely short (sometimes only a couple of pages long) and rapidly draw the reader into the character’s experience. The structure has the effect of leaving the reader on a cliffhanger every single time the chapter ends.

The author explores the ambiguity of consensual sex verses rape. It’s a controversial subject yet done effectively. You can’t choose sides,
Nathan Griffin
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Passed along from a friend who knows the author. Cool reading a book where Atlanta plays a central role. Writing was really top notch. Some of the plot was a little far fetched and ... wonky? I guess
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anne Corbitt's debut novel is the first book in a long time to make me slow down and savor truly good writing. Set in suburban Atlanta in the 1990's, this book was a step back in time for me as I relived my own high school experience in the same setting. The descriptions of a brief, impactful time in what is otherwise a boring suburb is haunting and gave me similar cloudy feelings as when I first read Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides. It's easy to be enthralled with stories set in a bustling big c ...more
Ann Colwell
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such an incredible read. The language itself is so rich and beautiful - the author's descriptions make every moment, every sensation, every sound so tangible. I wish I could write like this. The storytelling is split between a handful of characters, and you never quite know who is lying, who is telling the truth, what truth means, and who to believe! It kept me on the edge of my seat, gave me heart palpitations, made me laugh out loud - a truly delightful read. I bought a copy to give a ...more
Tyler Askew
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Rules for Lying is a page turner from beginning to end. Corbitt's storytelling ability leaves the reader thirsting for more. The novel feels very close to home, and I couldn't help but imagine it taking place in my own high school. Corbitt goes beyond the tired "he said/she said" style of writing to provide a much more nuanced narrative, embedding the main plot line within a complex web of life experiences. Nothing is so simple as it may at first appear. A very rewarding read. ...more
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