A Beautiful Lie

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Albert Whitman and Company, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 301 pages
“Everybody lies. We all do it. Many years ago I told one lie that has taken on a life of its own.” In India in 1947 the country is coming apart—and so is thirteen-year-old Bilal’s life. He is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition, news that he knows will break his father's heart. With spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal builds an elaborate deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the signs of national unrest. All Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth. This extraordinarily rich debut novel brings to life a key moment in history and touches on the importance of tolerance, love and family.
 

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An incredibly powerful, heartbreaking story set in India in 1947 in the days leading up to the partition of the country. Thirteen-year-old Bilal goes to elaborate lengths to keep his dying father from ... Read full review

A BEAUTIFUL LIE

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It's a done deal—partition will soon divide India into two countries mainly along religious lines, India for Hindus and Sikhs, Pakistan for Muslims—but Bilal's dying father remains serenely ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
25
Section 4
37
Section 5
45
Section 6
57
Section 7
63
Section 8
123
Section 11
139
Section 12
179
Section 13
197
Section 14
203
Section 15
221
Section 16
263
Section 17
287
Section 18

Section 9
129
Section 10
135

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About the author (2012)

Irfan Master is project manager of Reading the Game at the National Literacy Trust. His family is from Gujarat, India, where his debut novel is set. He lives in England.

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