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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The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series turns her prodigious talents to this World War I standalone novel, a lyrical drama of love struggling to survive in a damaged, fractured world.

By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by 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 management—a 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, 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?

Published to coincide with the centennial of the Great War, 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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User Review  - MaureenCean - LibraryThing

Sweet and sad. The ending is a bit abrupt, but it fits. I have read just the first Maisie Dobbs book (so far!), and the writing in this strikes me a somewhat more relaxed. Odd how coincidences occur ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pmaurer - LibraryThing

Not up to the interest level of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries. This tale is set in the time of WW1, and focuses on the interconnected lives of a young married couple, and his sister. I kept waiting for the story to develop, and quit listening mid-way through the tape. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, and six other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

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