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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, n/a
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 28/05/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780719566455
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Review by SmithSJ01
I bought this as a present as part of a box set for my mother-in-law who as any good reader does, past it back when she was finished. I’m pleased she did as I might have missed this along the way. A simplistic cover and a fairly slim volume are not usually what catches your eye when book browsing. Not many people would love the Richard & Judy emphasis but I often find they make good holiday reading and this is exactly that.At the first chapter I almost thought twice but decided it was short enough to keep going (another reviewer has mentioned this as well). For some reason the character of Yvette just didn’t appeal to me (as the young Yvette) but it all soon changed. I suppose with a book spanning 50 years you do need to start with the main two characters when the book is covering four generations (although the main content refers to three). In another writer’s hands the waffly rubbishy would have appeared about what they were doing for dinner etc, where as in this author’s hands it was quite simply delightful prose and the actual prose that mattered; not the mundane day to day stuff. There are one or two cringe-worthy moments but I suppose the author is trying to develop the characters for the readers and these were perhaps the best way to do so. Really lovely, all tied up at the end. Well worth a read.