This exciting conclusion to the Normal Family Trilogy opens on a remote Maine island, with a hurricane looming, as Henry Pendergast and family gather to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Henry and his sister Lucy have overcome many hurdles over the years. Each has broken free to create a healthy adult life, in a remarkable display of perseverance. All the Lies We Live brings together Henry, Lucy, Chloé, their distant cousin Sasha, plus Henry’s former therapist Jim Williams. We see that Chloé is a tragic character, who needs help to find love again. Love arrives toward the end of her life in the most unexpected of places, with the appearance of the charming local lobsterman, Wilbur Warren.
Henry and his grandson, Lakshmi, share a special love that harkens back to the innocence of Henry as a child and his relationship with his grandfather, George. A hurricane threatens to ruin Henry’s island celebration, as well as his relationship with Lakshmi. Will there be yet more family tragedy at novel’s end, as seen in the first two volumes? Or will Henry overcome the setbacks that have wounded him for much of his life and achieve his own dreams?
The concluding volume of the trilogy is funny, sad, and filled with the beautiful scenery of a remote island off the coast of Maine. The theme throughout is redemption through love. Nature is a constant backdrop and serves as the central metaphor for the trilogy: that all life is a series of beginnings and endings, a perfectly architected cycle, as seen in the trilogy’s own structure.
The three volumes of The Normal Family Trilogy in sequence are: Normal Family, No One Ran to the Altar, and All the Lies We Live. They cover in order: youth, adulthood, and old age.
About the Author
Don Trowden is the author of Normal Family (2012), No One Ran to the Altar (2016), and All the Lies We Live (2018), collectively comprising The Normal Family Trilogy. Don Trowden is the pen name for Caleb Mason, who is the author of The Isles of Shoals Remembered (1992), which Allen Lacy of The New York Times said: "provides a fascinating look at an important time period in American arts."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite All the Lies We Live is the third book in the Normal Family Trilogy by Don Trowden, a captivating story with a cunning plot and engaging characters, set on an island in New England. Henry’s family has suffered many tragedies and this time, as he prepares for his 80th birthday on an island, a hurricane threatens not only to foil everything they have planned, but also his relationship with Lakshmi, his grandson. With family ties tried and tested in areas none could have suspected, do Henry and his siblings have the courage to face adversity one more time and enable Henry to achieve a lifelong dream? That is for the reader to find out. This is a beautiful story that echoes many of the sentiments shared among siblings, but Henry’s isn’t an ordinary family and it has had a difficult journey until this moment. The theme of family is brilliantly explored and readers are introduced to compelling characters, including Henry and his sisters, Chloé and Lucy, together with Sasha, their cousin. Readers will enjoy the family drama, and the emotional intensity of this story. The portrait of Chloé is beautifully done and the encounter with Wilbur Warren couldn’t be more dramatic. The author succeeds in making readers care about the characters. For instance, one can’t help thinking that something might go wrong with the fragile and self-conscious Chloé. All the Lies We Live is a superb conclusion to a captivating series, a story that is beautifully told, fast-paced, and with ingredients that keep readers turning from one fascinating page to the next.