The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

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HarperCollins, Jul 1, 2014 - Fiction - 336 pages
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By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strainedóby Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household managementóa veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield herself, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.

As Tom marches to the front lines and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom's fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia's mouth-watering, albeit imaginary, meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face-to-face with the enemy?

The Care and Management of Lies paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle. Ultimately, it raises profound questions about conflict, belief, and love that echo in our own time.

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Well written and researched but extremely grim. - Goodreads
... it lacked a strong plot and the ending was abrupt. - Goodreads
I loved the premise, but the characters were slight. - Goodreads
The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. - Goodreads
Kezia's letters and meals are such a delight. - Goodreads
The ending is a bit abrupt, but it fits. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cheyanne - Goodreads

This is an ambitious novel about the effect of World War One on the British people, both at home and on the battlefield. Tom, a young farmer from Kent, enlists in the army and his new bride, Kezia, a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Barraclough - Goodreads

I love the Maisie Dobbs series, but this book lacks the character development of that series. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels featuring Maisie Dobbs, a former World War I nurse turned investigator. Originally from the United Kingdom, Winspear now lives in California.

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