Shortlisted for the Orange Prize - this wonderful debut novel about family secrets is a perfect book for the summer
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.
This remarkably assured debut novel ... succeeds in being both intimate in feel and broad in outlook ... moving, compassionate and amusing - Daily Mail
Meloy has written an exquisite novel about the power of secrets -- and the redemption found in religion and love - Glamour
A tale worthy of the Greeks ... While there is plenty of feeling its pages, none of it crystallises into sentimentality ... spare, sturdy prose - Observer
Maile Meloy writes with both fearlessness and true compassion - Ann Patchett
A beautifully written story about ordinary American life that's anything but ordinary - Company Magazine
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
A spectacular first novel - New York Times
Most multi-generational sagas are dull forays into sentimentalism, but in the aptly titled Liars and Saints, Meloy has written a corker - Amazon.com