Necessary Lies

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Dundurn, 2000 - Fiction - 265 pages
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What are the lies we tell ourselves and others that get us through our lives?

In the summer of 1981 Anna is suddenly offered the opportunity to study English at McGill University in Montreal. She jumps at the chance, leaving behind her job, her husband, and her country - Poland. She meets William, a music professor, and falls in love. Back home, martial law is declared.

After almost ten years of marriage, William dies suddenly of a heart attack, and Anna is left to pick up the pieces. In the midst of grieving, she discovers more pieces than expected: for the length of their lives together, William carried on a long-distance affair with a woman journalist in Germany.

In search of truth, Anna returns to a dramatically changed Europe, where Communism has fallen, the Berlin Wall has been torn down, and where, once again, history will have to be rewritten. Probing the depths of betrayal and forgiveness, she confronts her own past and the motives that drove her away from Poland; she sees herself through the eyes of her mother, her ex-husband, and most importantly, William's German lover, Ursula.

Necessary Lies tells the story of the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives.
 

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User Review  - zoe.r2005 - LibraryThing

Necessary Lies by Eva Stachniak is one of the excellent novels I've ever read. I can't put it down when I read it. The story of Anna is eye catching. This well-educated woman left her family in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 22
109
Section 23
113
Section 24
120
Section 25
127
Section 26
144
Section 27
149
Section 28
178
Section 29
180

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
267
Section 41
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About the author (2000)

Eva Stachniak was born in Wroc?aw, Poland, and came to Canada in 1981. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and her second novel, Garden of Venus, has been translated into seven languages. Her third novel, The Winter Palace, has been published across the world. Stachniak lives in Toronto.

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