Author: Helen Dunmore
Published: 2014 by Hutchison, an imprint of Random House
Read: June 2014
Why it made it to the top of the pile: Recommended by a friend and also the Book Tarts' pick for June, how could I resist?
Trivia Tidbit: Dunmore's third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996.
Full Disclosure: ARC courtesy the publisher and Netgalley
They say the war's over, but they're wrong. It went too deep for that. It opened up a crack in time, a crater maybe. Once you fall into it, you can't get out again. The mud is too deep and it holds you.
The value of concealment cannot be overestimated
While set in 1920, the message of The Lie is as relevant today, in a society that is grateful for the safety and liberty soldiers provide, but which does not know how best to help those same soldiers when they return home permanently changed by their experiences.