Why Men Lie by Linden Macintyre

Why Men Lie

byLinden Macintyre

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Why Men Lie is about Effie, the fascinating sister of the troubled priest at the heart of The Bishop's Man. Effie has had her fair share of lovers and husbands, including the Gillis cousins from Cape Breton, who have been a source of as much guilt as joy. She first married John, then ran away to Toronto with the charismatic Sextus, who is still in her life despite her having divorced him years ago. But she's more or less given up on being swept away by love, until, in a chance encounter, she meets a person who might very well be the perfect man. And love once again rears its thorny head, with all its troublesome illusions, at an age when maintaining illusions is hard.
 
Even Effie, as wise as any woman can be to the ways of men, is unprepared for the maelstrom her new love affair will unleash. Or for the particularly male desperation and vanity that is its cause.

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LINDEN MacINTYRE is a co-host of the fifth estate and the winner of 9 Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism. His bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA Libris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction and ...
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Title:Why Men LieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.99 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360873

ISBN - 13:9780307360878

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1. The novel begins with a passage from T.S. Eliot’s collection “Four Quartets”: Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future, / And time future contained in time past.” Throughout the book, and in the very last scene, more passages from Eliot’s collection are quoted. What do these passages convey about the way the past keeps affecting the present in this novel?2. Effie, now in middle age, is feeling independent and self-sufficient. Would she be better off without J.C., or is their relationship worthwhile despite his dishonesty?3. This book’s title seems to point to a divide in gender power. Effie is focused on the men in her life who lie to her, but what effect have the women who lie in this novel had on those around them?4. Are any of J.C.’s lies to Effie about his personal history justified?5. After half a lifetime of disappointing and failed relationships, Effie thinks there’s something different about J.C., and she takes a chance on him. What is it about J.C. that makes her think he will be different from the other men in her life?6. When Sextus offers Effie the memoir he has written, which includes very personal details about both of their lives, she hides it away in a drawer for a long time without reading it. What do you think she’s afraid of finding in that manuscript?7. After meeting Sam, the Canadian convict on death row, J.C. becomes intent on hearing his side of the story, and allowing Sam the only form of autonomy left within his reach – the power to tell his story to the media. J.C. then tells Effie that he’s working on a book about impotence. What is it about this story and this subject that captivates J.C. so completely?8. Effie has a long history in Cape Breton, but most of her life is now lived in Toronto. Did you feel the two different settings affected her behaviour from one place to the other?9. Paul, the man Effie meets in the coffee shop, turns out to be an unwanted presence who won’t leave her alone. One day, he breaks into Effie’s home and steals the unread memoir written by Sextus, but nothing else. Why do you think Paul is so obsessed with Effie, whom he barely even knows?10. It seems like all of the men in Effie’s life have disappointed her – all except for Conor, who died while they were still in a relationship. How do you think that loss impacted Effie?11. Conor says to Effie, “Love and friendship are only temporary absences from solitude. Sunny days. You can’t keep sunshine in a jar” (p. 139). Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?12. In the book’s acknowledgements, Linden MacIntyre writes that growing up in a household full of women, and working with many intelligent female journalists, is what gave him the insight to write this novel from a woman’s perspective. Do you think he was successful in writing from the female point of view?This reader’s guide has been prepared by Bookclub-in-a-Box, www.bookclubinabox.com

Editorial Reviews

"A taut intellectual thriller that proceeds at a stately pace in the early going but then races at maximum speed toward its inevitable, and lethal, conclusion." Toronto Star"A novel for our time." Winnipeg Free Press"Powerful and compelling." Robert J. Wiersema, National Post"A nuanced novel.... MacIntyre can build suspense from thin air." MacLean's"Why Men Lie has the flavour of a peaty single-malt." The Globe and Mail"An impressively crafted page-turner.... Vintage Linden MacIntyre, and a crisp, compelling successor to the Cape Breton-born writer's first two novels." London Free Press