The Lie by Fredrica Wagman: Review and Giveaway (8/25) CLOSED

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 Posted by Dina N

The Lie is the latest novel by Fredrica Wagman, author of six previous books. I received a review copy, courtesy of FSB Associates.

The Lie is the story of Ramona who grows up in the 1950s. At the age of 17, she leaves her parents' home when she meets and marries an older man. Ramona has been compelled to lie her whole life to protect herself from an abusive father, self-centered mother, and to isolate herself from reality. Her past hides a painful secret that hinders her present and future. Because of her inability to experience physical pleasure, she begins to lie to her husband, too - for fear that she would lose him should she tell the truth. Her feelings of being inadequate grow, and she starts suspecting her husband is lying to her, as well. She becomes obsessed with her icon Rita Hayworth who seems the embodiment of everything Ramona is not.

Ramona's first-person narrative flows in long, breathless sentences, and the reader can witness her every intimate thought. Sometimes the prose goes in circles and repetitions, just as our thoughts do. It seems that every lie in Ramona's life adds up until yet another lie becomes the last drop that pushes her over the edge. She feels alone and without hope, her mind spiraling further into an abyss with no way out. Every page brings her closer to the inevitable ending. Its predictability, however, does not make it any less tragic.

The Lie is not what I would consider a mainstream book. It's a dark and powerful read that will haunt you long after the last page.

The Giveaway
Thanks to FSB Associates, I received an extra copy that I am giving away to one reader of Just Another New Blog! Since I am mailing the prize, this giveaway is open worldwide.

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Good luck!

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