I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly: And Other Stories

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Random House, 2002 - Fiction - 240 pages
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When Mary Ladd Gavell died in 1967, at the age of forty-seven, she had never been published. But her story “The Rotifer” was fortuitously discovered by John Updike, who called it a “gem” and included it in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. With the publication of I Cannot Tell a Lie, Exactly, Mary Ladd Gavell takes her rightful place among the best writers of her—and our—time.

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User Review  - Cariola - LibraryThing

If you prefer your short stories to be rip-roarin', sexed up, or fantastic, you probably won't appreciate this collection. Gavell's stories are, for the most part, gentle slice-of-life tales of ... Read full review

I CANNOT TELL A LIE, EXACTLY: and Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From Gavell (1919-67), 16 mostly rural stories, many set in the south of Texas where she was born.Kaye Gibbons calls Gavell's work "magnificent," places it in the "ageless, classic grand era" of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Mary Ladd Gavell was born in Cuero, Texas, in 1919 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1940. She married Stefan Gavell in 1953, and the couple had two sons. They lived in Washington, D.C., where Mary Gavell worked at Psychiatry magazine. She died in 1967.


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