by Maile Meloy
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Publication date: 28 May 2004
Number of pages: 272
Prizes: Shortlisted for Orange Prize 2005.
Liars and Saints is an utterly compelling portrait of a family, the twists and turns of their lives unravelled with sensitivity and understanding. By turns laugh aloud funny and unbearably moving, this is a story that lasts beyond its final pages. Set in California, the narrative follows four generations of the Santerre family from World War II to the present, as they navigate a succession of life-changing events. With wonderful characters and a strong emotional heart, Liars and Saints has a huge potential market in paperback.
What the papers say:
'This remarkably assured debut novel ... succeeds in being both intimate in feel and broad in outlook ... moving, compassionate and amusing' -- Daily Mail 20040604 'A tale worthy of the Greeks ... While there is plenty of feeling its pages, none of it crystallises into sentimentality ... spare, sturdy prose' -- Observer 20040627 'Wise, witty, and beautifully written, Liars and Saints is that rare and wondrous thing: a literary novel you don't want to put down' -- Helen Fielding 20040627 'A spectacular first novel' -- New York Times 20040627 'Quiet, unastonished precision ... an impressive achievement' -- Philip Roth 20040627 'All the outrageous twists ... of a soap opera. But Meloy writes with such delicate insight that somehow you believe in it, even as you race to the last page.' -- Marie Claire 20040701 'Sparse, gentle prose ... a lovely debut, treading a delicate balance between epic family saga and minutely observed literary portrait' -- Spectator 20040828 'Meloy gives her story shape and depth by writing from each character's point of view ... there is something refreshingly conservative about the design of this novel' -- Independent 20050519
Maile Meloy lives in California. On publication in the US, Liars and Saints drew acclaim from readers and reviewers across the country. This is Maile Meloy's first novel. Her second novel, A FAMILY DAUGHTER, was published in February 2006, and her collection of short stories, HALF IN LOVE, in March 2005, both by John Murray.
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