Liars and Saints

Liars and Saints

Maile Meloy / May 26, 2019

Liars and Saints With her first novel Liars and Saints award winning author Maile Meloy than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection Half in Love This novel tells a story of sex and l

  • Title: Liars and Saints
  • Author: Maile Meloy
  • ISBN: 9780743261982
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • With her first novel, Liars and Saints, award winning author Maile Meloy than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love This novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the CatholicWith her first novel, Liars and Saints, award winning author Maile Meloy than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love This novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre family from World War II to the present In a family driven as much by jealousy and propriety as by love, an unspoken tradition of deceit is passed from generation to generation When tragedy shatters their precarious domestic lives, it takes astonishing courage and compassion to bring them back together By turns funny and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Liars and Saints is a masterful display of Maile Meloy s prodigious gifts and of her penetrating insight into an extraordinary American family and into the nature of human love.

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      • Maile Meloy

        Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review , and the award winning Apothecary trilogy for young readers She has received the PEN Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was chosen as one of Granta s Best Young American Novelists Her new novel for adults, Do Not Become Alarmed, will be published June 6, 2017.


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    1. Onvan : Liars and Saints - Nevisande : Maile Meloy - ISBN : 743261984 - ISBN13 : 9780743261982 - Dar 260 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003


    2. Ever anticipate a book, then sit down and read the first chapter and get a sinking feeling as you realize your expectations are most certainly going to be dashed? Yeah, that's how Liars and Saints made me feel. Although it was already on my to-read list, I bumped it to the top because I intended to read it and then give it to a friend for her birthday. I think I'll be revising that plan to "read and donate to the library."To be fair, Maile Meloy is a good writer. Liars and Saints is wonderfully [...]


    3. A writer friend suggested I read this, and I'm glad she did. Her question to me was simple: how did Ms Meloy create her characters so effortlessly? Normally, I would shy away from any novel with religious overtones, particularly catholic (it's a long story), but I entered this one with a set task, concentrating on technique, looking for "show, don't tell" and any subtleties around third person narrative. And do you know what?—I still can't figure out how the characters are made real. Some revi [...]


    4. I really wanted to give this book another star -- it was a hypnotizing, deeply engrossing read that I kept thinking about long after I finished it -- but for such a lean, sprinting narrative, there were too many operatic twists to sustain credibility. While I welcomed these at the beginning (who isn't riveted by family dysfunction?), the rapid pile-up of surprises made an otherwise moody, contemplative narrative seem more and more convoluted. The finaldeus ex machina(literally!) pulled it down f [...]


    5. What a beautiful book. Meloy writes the most unbelievable sentences; every thought is so well-crafted and simple that it makes you feel like you're breathing the story instead of actually reading a book. I really cannot begin to recommend this book highly enough and I'm not even sure why. Where else can you find a writer who can cover the entire childhood of a character in a single sentence and encapsulate that person's essence? It's BRILLIANT, is what it is, and I'm in awe of her. Absolutely in [...]


    6. Lairs and Saints is a cleverly written and poetically told novel about three generations of a Catholic family, stretching from World War 2 to the present day. Oddly for a book that unravels for the reader so many stories about one family, I finished this book feeling distant from all of the characters. Although I was interested in them and enjoyed reading different chapters from different perspectives, I didn't love, like or even hate any of the characters. Some were better realised than others, [...]


    7. Maile Meloy's Liars and Saints snuck up on me. It's not a brash book. It does not force you to love it. It sits quietly with its hands folded in contemplation and waits for you to find what it is within it that moves you. And when you are moved by this book,you are most certainly moved. Told in three parts (Part I about temptation--both resisting and giving in to it, Part II about an attempt at redemption through service or sacrifice and Part III about homecoming), Liars and Saints follows the S [...]


    8. I had heard so many good things about Maile Meloy. I just finished Meloy's latest, Do Not Become Alarmed, wasn't satisfied, but I wanted to give her another chance and I checked this one out from the library. Well. This one was even worse and I am giving up on this author's work. Without giving too much away, this is a melodramatic story of a really messed up family. One crazy thing happens after another. There were too many "WTF" moments. I had to go back a few times to make sure I wasn't wrong [...]


    9. There's a kind of historical survey quality to this book -- it's not very long, yet tracks the members of a single family through 40 or 50 years. So "big" events are trotted out to mark the passage of time -- WWII, Kennedy's assassination, and so forth. Sometimes the narrative feels a little condensed because of that scope, but the real interest of the novel lies in the interplay between individual choices and the larger familial patterns. Around 2/3 of the way through, there were some real surp [...]


    10. It's like watching a soap opera. You can get involved in the story line, but actually loose brain cells while reading it. Bubble gum for the mind.


    11. So rushed out to our used bookstore to find the new book by Maile Meloy. Naturally they did not have the book, but they did have her first novel, Liars and Saints. The book is amazing. I read it in 24 hours, 8 of which I sleeping.My latest favorite quote defining writing is “Writing is answering questions.” I think maybe Meloy is trying to answer the question: What trajectory would the life and family of a woman born in the thirties, married a wonderful, human, and jealous husband traverse? [...]


    12. "Yvette had an over-the-shoulder smile like a pinup girl, and when the smile caught him right, it made it hard for Teddy to breathe. She had a chipped tooth on the right, a tiny chip you only noticed up close, and Teddy loved it. Even more, he loved the smile that forgot the chip was there. He wanted to kiss her teeth when he thought of it.""Her darling baby brother, the one who had taught her what love was, and he treated her like a prying grown-up, which she guessed she was.""you had no right [...]


    13. I enjoyed reading this book. The ending was a bit hokey (the christmas dinner part) and not what I would have liked to have seen for this story. It's a book that follows a family through the ages and it really was special in the way that you gain an understanding and compassion for each character. It almost feels like you are also in their family. I know the dysfunction of it all put some people off, but I believe that most families do have quite a bit of dysfunction and so to me, it made the bo [...]


    14. This novel is the first work I have read by Maile Meloy, and after reading it, I am looking forward to her short story collection, "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want it." The novel follows five tumultuous generations of a 20th century Catholic family. Generally, I dislike multi-generational stories - I feel as if I can never get invested enough in one generation because it's on to the next. However, these generations are intermeshed in interesting ways. The characters are believable and dimension [...]


    15. I would have rated it a lot higher if it wasn't for a few issues i had with it, mainly: Incest & Religion. I don't have a major problem with all religions, however, Catholicism I just don't like it. And Incest? no no no! Sleeping with your niece, finding out she is your cousin, oh well not so bad then Really? Yuk. Anyway, apart from that, the book was actually very enjoyable, it basically followed three generations of a family over 50 years or so, through all their catholic sin and discovery [...]


    16. Meloy tells the complex story of the Santerre family over the course of about fifty years. She intricately weaves each character in and out of the story, seamlessly jumping from one family member to the next.


    17. The plot goes too far in the direction of a Lifetime movie at points, but the characters are beautifully drawn and her exploration of how different family members experience Catholocism over the course of their lives is wonderful and moving. And it's her first novel! Jaysus.



    18. this reminded me a lot of michael cunningham’s flesh and blood in that it follows a family through multiple generations. unlike cunningham’s book, though, this one zips by with sparse language. were there not another book, i would wish this one were longer. loved it!



    19. It took me a while to get used to the style of narration because each chapter is from a different character's perspective, and the setting changes frequently!The story spans generations in one family to look at lies and secrets, faith and love. I found myself emotionally drawn in and rooting for these people to find their way in the world.


    20. It can be difficult to create character voices that are easy to distinguish, and most authors limit themselves to two, maybe three points of view per book for that exact reason. Maile Meloy went all in with her debut novel: she has seven. Moreover, these seven characters grow and change as the story progresses, and their voices change with them, never losing their individuality. That was actually my favorite thing about this book, how well the author wrote her characters and their imperfections, [...]


    21. This debut novel, written in 2003, shares the complicated story spanning many decades of four generations of the Santerra family, moving from southern California to Louisiana and back west again. Their lives lived ethically, purposefully…or not…with suspicion, compassion, love and lust was made all the more compelling by Meloy’s juxtaposition of characters’ religious beliefs.Filled with characters with deep commitments to a belief in God and to a Catholic faith as well as those firmly ho [...]


    22. This book came to me from a friend, who had been a school mate of the author in Helena. Simply put, this short novel is the story of several generations of a family, and their relationships with each other, with their love interests, and with God (or faith). What I really liked about this novel is that the story is told in chapters, AS chapters of the characters' lives as perceived by each character. The stories are interwoven, sometimes giving the same episode but told slightly differently by a [...]


    23. A great, quick read. Maile Meloy is truly a great writer, an even better developer of characters. I loved each and every one of them, despite their many flaws. It seems like every author these days has to write about family disfunction - after all, how entertaining is a perfect family? - but I felt like this was a really original story. Sometimes when there are so many characters in so many different generations, I feel distanced from some of them, but they were all well-rounded, consistent, and [...]


    24. I didn't know the work of Maile Meloy until I read "Madame Lazarus," a story published in The New Yorker (June 23, 2014). The story was great, so I had high hopes for this novel (published much earlier, in 2003). I didn't care for it, I'm sad to say. It's a family saga -- or, I should say, the chronicle of a family over several generations ("saga" suggests an intensity of drama and emotion which this book doesn't have). The writing itself is good, but the plot seemed contrived, the characters cu [...]


    25. Having previously read Meloy's short stories, I had high expectations of this novel that were disappointed. I enjoy Meloy's stark but engaging style, and her short stories always hit me hard. The novel seemed promising at first, but by the end of the book, the plot had become totally ridiculous. Every few pages revealed a new melodramatic twist that was extreme and laughable. I didn't really relish the weird and constant invocation of Catholicism. I was raised Catholic and now consider myself an [...]


    26. This is an incredibly well-written book. Maile Maloy wrote short fiction before this, and it shows, so if you are not a fan of short stories, this probably isn't for you. The novel is written as a series of short vignettes from alternating POV of each family member in the story. Through They are strung chronologically across six decades and tied together by themes of loyalty, guilt, and the search for acceptance - of ourselves and those who have hurt us the most - of our choices and our fates. M [...]


    27. Maile Meloy knows how to tell a story. There's nothing especially unique in her style, but I think that's why her writing is so appealing. I appreciate inventive storytelling and experimental novels, but sometimes I want a straightforward novel in plain language, nicely arranged. Meloy satisfies that need. However, this novel's plot borders on melodrama. I get families are dysfunctional but at some point, too much dysfunction becomes ridiculous. Yet, I didn't hate the novel and that has everythi [...]


    28. This is one of my favourite books (and authors). Maile Meloy is a gorgeous writer; every sentence is beautifully constructed, every image beautifully assembled. But she also creates wonderful characters - you care about their fates intensely.I discovered Liars and Saints when I was working in a bookshop where we could import interesting-looking books from the US if not published locally. This had me scouring the review pages of US publications online during quiet moments, looking for new books a [...]


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