Gorgeous Lies

Gorgeous Lies

by Martha McPhee
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Gorgeous Lies by Martha McPhee

Acclaimed by critics, Martha McPhee's debut Bright Angel Time established her as a dazzling new talent in American fiction; she fulfills her promise and breaks ambitious new ground with Gorgeous Lies. Charismatic therapist Anton Furey is dying, and the tribe he heads-his five children, his wife's three, and their uniting child, Alice-has returned to Chardin, the farm where they grew up and played out Anton's vision of communal living. They had been famous for being the new American blended family, their utopian lifestyle chronicled by film crews and reporters. But as Anton grows weaker, the hurts and betrayals of those years boil to the surface, and the children find themselves reliving the knotty intimacies they share as they struggle to make their peace with Anton. With shimmering prose and an acutely observant eye, McPhee has created a portrait of an era and a family that explores the limits, and obligations, of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156028820
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/06/2003
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Martha McPhee is the author of Bright Angel Time, a New York Times Notable book, and coauthor with Jenny and Laura McPhee of Girls. She teaches at Hofstra University
and lives in New York City.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Bowdoin College, 1987; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1994

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Gorgeous Lies 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot, for the life of me, understand how this book came to be one of the finalists of NBA. One word 'arrogance' describes this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit surprised by the other reviews for this novel. I've never been so bored and unmoved by a story in all of my years of reading. Clinical emotions from mundane characters, long-winded narratives, ugh, don't bother with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous Lies is a very intelligent novel. I especially loved how Mcphee portays the characters. The way the story is presented is artistic and skillful and creates a profound and moving story of a blended family in the early 1970's. I recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was really good and i really liked it alot, i am only 14 but this book let me experiance some of life's lessons just by readin the book. if u are reading to get away from life ... you should definately read this book.