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Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre

Why Men Lie (edition 2012)

by Linden MacIntyre

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Title:Why Men Lie
Authors:Linden MacIntyre
Info:Random House Canada (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre is a parallel sequel to MacIntyre’s Giller Prize winning novel, The Bishop’s Man, which won its acclaim in 2009. This story, though, is told through the perspective and voice of Effie (Faye) MacAskill Gillis, sister to Duncan, the protagonist in The Bishop’s Man.

It’s a complicated tale, a microcosmic view into the life and thought-process of Effie Gillis after three broken relationships and a conscious effort at building a tolerance to independence and the changes that come with being a middle-aged woman.

But, Effie is no “blushing bride,” not only in that she’s courted marriage, both by religion and common-law, but did so to three different, yet intrinsically connected men: John, Sextus, and Conor.

To read more, please visit my blog, ZARA ALEXIS: THE BIBLIOTAPHE'S CLOSET: http://zaraalexis.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/why-men-lie-a-review/ ( )
  ZaraD.Garcia-Alvarez | Jun 6, 2017 |
This is the fourth time I'm trying to review this book. Everytime I try to edit my review, this program erases everything I have written which is extremely frustrating!!

I would not try again except that I received this book for free from Goodreads.

When I began this book, I did not realize that this is the last part of a trilogy. It may have been helpful to have read the other books prior to this one in order to have a more complete understanding of the characters.

The story revolves around an older woman living in Toronto, who has had numerous relationships with men that have ultimately failed. She appears to want to avoid any future involvements but inside she feels lonely isolated, missing a companion. She meets a man from her past and he appears to be the perfect man. He's intelligent,considerate, loving without appearing to have any baggage from his past. Of course people are seldom as they appear on the surface and this man is no exception. He's a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde, which not only confuses the main character but also the reader. The location plays a large part in the story, it probably helps to be over 50 and living in Toronto, to appreciate all the locational references.

I really wanted to love this book, but ultimately, although interesting, the novel was a bit disappointing. The supporting characters were far more interesting than the main characters. The storyline takes too long to develop. I actually debated giving up on the book, it took until page 100 to really get going, which is why it took so long to read the book. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
Just a 2. It was a slog. The characters weren't particularly likeable. They were superficial egocentric sketches, aimlessly richocheting off of each other's lives. Confusing, muddy, angst-ridden. Buried secrets, lies and perceived lies, all over-magnified into dramatic substrate.

Found these two books nestled against each other on my ereader: [bc:Why Men Lie|13073964|Why Men Lie|Linden MacIntyre|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327952453s/13073964.jpg|18240599] [bc:Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty|12158480|Why Nations Fail The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty|Daron Acemoğlu|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327977588s/12158480.jpg|17129429] ( )
  TheBookJunky | Apr 22, 2016 |
Effie MacAskill Gillies is a university professor in Toronto. After years of working her way through a tough upbringing in Cape Breton- war damaged father, multiple marriages & relationships, troubled brother who is a priest. Now enjoying her independence she meets an old friend JC Campbell, from her past in the Toronto subway. The renewal of this relationship leads to secrets being revealed mostly hidden to this point by the lies the men in her life told her and themselves. ( )
  lamour | Dec 24, 2014 |
The last in MacIntyre's Cape Breton Trilogy, Why Men Lie completes the fallout from a brutal act in WWII which has haunted the men involved and their families.

In this novel MacIntyre visits the character of Effie Gillis, who lived in silent fear for years, and now as a middle-aged woman attempts to reconcile that past and her own visceral, instinctive reactions to any trigger which might be construed as related.

While it is a story about latent violence both of the spirit and the body, it is also a story of quiet hope, one without blazing moments of epiphany, but rather of muted understanding.

Ultimately a very Canadian novel from a very Canadian writer.

Highly recommended. ( )
  fiverivers | Sep 10, 2014 |
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This latest novel from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, Why Men Lie, offers a moving and emotionally complex conclusion to the Cape Breton trilogy.
Two years after the events of The Bishop’s Man, we’re introduced to Effie MacAskill Gillis, sister of the troubled priest Duncan. It’s 1997, and Effie is an independent, middle-aged woman working as a tenured professor of Celtic Studies, but her complicated and often disappointing love life has left her all but ready to give up on the opposite sex. Then suddenly, a chance encounter with a man on a Toronto subway platform gives Effie renewed hope. J.C. Campbell is an old friend she hasn’t seen for more than 20 years – an attractive, single man who appears to possess the stability and good sense she longs for.
Effie met her last husband, Sextus, in her hometown of Cape Breton when the two were still children. As they grew older together, and started a family, she soon learned that when it came to other women, Sextus couldn’t be trusted. After one too many betrayals, Effie leaves him behind, and so when she and J.C. seem to hit it off, his relaxed, open demeanour is a welcome change.
But after a happy start to their relationship, cracks begin to show, and J.C. proves himself to be just as unpredictable as the others: one evening Effie spots him in a seedy part of town, but he denies ever having left his house; when she notices a scratch below his eye, he lies about its cause, blaming it on the cat. Then J.C., a journalist, becomes unhealthily engrossed in a story involving a convict on death row, and he and Effie begin to drift apart.
Although he still checks in sporadically and insists there’s nothing going on, she soon learns he has a deeply personal reason for his covert trips to that seedy downtown street. In fact, it turns out there’s a lot about his past that Effie doesn’t know, and a lot he’s still learning himself.
While J.C. is busy chasing his own past, Effie is rarely able to escape her own. Family ties and hometown connections to Cape Breton mean her two ex-husbands – Sextus happens to be the cousin of her first husband, John – are constantly coming and going in a turbulent mess of comfort and commotion, while her grown daughter, Cassie, brings some unexpected news of her own.
After all of her experience in relationships with men, Effie thought she knew all she needed to about what to expect, and how to maintain her self-sufficiency. Why do men lie?, she wants to know. But whether it’s for love, for protection, or for more selfish reasons, Effie soon learns that no amount of experience can prepare you for what might resurface from the past, and for the damage that might cause, emotionally or otherwise.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:14 -0400)

Effie MacAskill Gillis is a self-sufficient, middle-aged woman who has been hurt by the dishonesty of men throughout her life. But now she enjoys a hard-won independence and has the means to face the world alone. But a chance encounter on a subway platform with a man who, like her, seems to have matured beyond the insecurities of the past, has her opening her heart to gamble on love once more.… (more)

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