A middle-aged woman finds what she thinks is love in later life - a brilliant new novel from the winner of the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Effie Gillis is a history professor teaching at a major university. She is also a survivor - of a troubled childhood, two failed marriages and numerous relationships which, for the most part, ended badly.
Now, out of her past, arrives a man who is familiar and yet mysterious; mature, wise, and full of youthful energy. His presence is a reassurance, but he also carries with him an aura that is menacing.
Slowly she becomes dependent on a relationship that's rich in truth and promise - but doomed by the lie that gave it life.
Drawing on both minor and major characters from his two previous novels, The Long Stretch and The Bishop's Man, Why Men Lie is a story of longing, love and loss in middle age.
“Absolutely brilliant...has the flavour of a peaty singlemalt”
Globe and Mail
“Powerful and compelling”
“Accomplished and moving novel”
“Well-staged and very engrossing”
William Leith, Evening Standard