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  • John Murray

Liars and Saints

Maile Meloy

8 Reviews

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California, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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.

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Praise for Liars and Saints

  • 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 -

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Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy was born in Montana and now lives in California. Her first novel, Liars and Saints won acclaim on publication and was selected for Richard and Judy's Summer Read. Her second novel, A Family Daughter, was published by John Murray in February 2006.

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