Awaiting a TV talk show appearance, John Townley is quaking with dread.
He has published a best-selling memoir about the Iraq War, a page-turner climaxing in atrocity.
In a green room beyond the soundstage, he braces himself to confront the charismatic soldier at the violent heart of it.
But John has never actually seen the man before-nor served in Iraq, nor the military.
Even so, and despite the deception, he knows his fabricated memoir contains stunning truths. By turns comic, suspenseful, bitingly satirical, and emotionally potent, A Big Enough Lie pits personal mistruths against national ones of life-and-death consequence.
Tracking a writer from the wilds of Florida to New York cubicles to Midwestern workshops to the mindscapes of Baghdad-and from love to heartbreak to solitary celebrity-Bennett's novel probes our endlessly frustrated desire to grab hold of something (or somebody) true.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 264 pages
- Publisher: Northwestern University Press
- Publication Date: 30/06/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780810131217