Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy audiobook

Liars and Saints: A Novel

By Maile Meloy
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With her first novel, Liars and Saints, award-winning author Maile Meloy more than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love. This richly textured novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships. Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre family from World War II to the present. In a family driven as much by jealousy and propriety as by love, an unspoken tradition of deceit is passed from generation to generation. When tragedy shatters their precarious domestic lives, it takes astonishing courage and compassion to bring them back together. By turns funny and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Liars and Saints is a masterful display of Maile Meloy’s prodigious gifts and of her penetrating insight into an extraordinary American family and the nature of human love.

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Summary

Summary

With her first novel, Liars and Saints, award-winning author Maile Meloy more than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love. This richly textured novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships.

Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre family from World War II to the present. In a family driven as much by jealousy and propriety as by love, an unspoken tradition of deceit is passed from generation to generation. When tragedy shatters their precarious domestic lives, it takes astonishing courage and compassion to bring them back together.

By turns funny and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Liars and Saints is a masterful display of Maile Meloy’s prodigious gifts and of her penetrating insight into an extraordinary American family and the nature of human love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Maile Meloy writes with both fearlessness and true compassion.” Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto
“A spectacular first novel.” New York Times Book Review
“Maile Meloy combines the meticulous realism of domestic fiction with the witchery of a natural-born storyteller.” New York Times Magazine
“Meloy manages to avoid melodrama through the precision and restraint of her writing…She is also a deft sociologist, charting the ways in which the social upheavals of the second half of the twentieth century have gradually reshaped our ideas of family…Meloy’s achievement is to have written one that leaves you wishing it were longer.” New Yorker
“A tour de force.” Boston Globe
“Remarkable…Bittersweet, wise, with a fantastic sense of character and history…Fifteen minutes after opening this book, a reader is apt not just to care about the Santerres but also to feel like one of them.” San Francisco Chronicle
“The consolations of ardent faith, as well as the harsh demands of religious dogma, supply the leitmotifs of this dazzling novel of a Catholic family’s life over five decades. Meloy, whose collection of short fiction, Half in Love, earned rave reviews…writes with wisdom and compassion about the secret guilt that shadows three generations of the Santerre family…The alternating points of view of eight main characters shine with authenticity and illuminate the moral complexities felt by each generation. The rich emotional chiarascuro and fine psychological insight of this haunting novel mark Meloy as a writer of extraordinary talent.” Publishers Weekly
“Meloy is an outstanding short story writer, as evident in her collection, Half in Love (2002), and her signature clarity and concreteness also grace her first novel…[Meloy] deftly probes the parameters of faith and love.” Booklist
“A multigenerational first novel told with remarkable compression and precision.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Maile Meloy

Author Bio: Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the short-story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review), and a bestselling middle-grade trilogy. Her fiction has won the Paris Review‘s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was shortlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize and has been chosen as one of Granta‘s Best Young American Novelists.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English