|Publisher:||Rare Bird Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
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What People are Saying About This
"The writing is superb, the characters flawed and fascinating, and passages worth highlighting for how they capture the human condition."
"A smart chamber drama about the ways aesthetics can govern lives—and, at times, can make people toxic to those around them."
"Liars moves brilliantly back and forth between the feelings of love and defeat. Gillis is a master puppeteer; his characters embody the broken gracefulness that is alive in the everyday lives of the people around us."
"Steven Gillis was born to write Liars, the mesmerizing, noirish story of Eric McCanus, a writer, professor, music aficionado, bon vivant. This lyrical, fast-paced novel is chock-full of intrigue, slight paranoia, plans gone awry, and outright mystery. One couple, pushing the same grocery cart, serves as Gillis’s madeleine. And then the reader’s taken on one fun bumpy jolting ride."
—George Singleton, author of Calloustown
Writers may control the plot on the page, but can they bend real-life to their purposes? In the story of writer and dilettante Eric McManus, Gillis explores the slippery slope between love and commitment, with McManus determined to prove love's folly by interfering in the marriage of a happy couple. Reminiscent of Pinter and Mamet, Gillis writes a sharp but strangely vulnerable comedy of errors that shows sometimes the ringmaster is really the dancing bear.
—Jen Michalski, author of The Summer She Was Under Water
"Steven Gillis' new novel, Liars, is what we've come to expect from this master storyteller. Liars epitomizes what Faulkner said all literature should be, the human heart in conflict with itself. Along the way you'll be dazzled by Gillis' fluid prose and wildly entertained at the human comedy playing out from beginning to end."
—Robert Lopez, author of All Back Full
"What happens to an artist whose reputation is built on a past success he fears he can’t replicate? What happens if that same artist also happens to be a polyamorous ex-husband who regards every relationship as “its own intimate deception”? In his fiendishly clever new book Liars, Steven Gillis shows us a character who—in his desire to sabotage a relationship whose perceived sincerity upsets the cynical foundation upon which he’s built his life—manages to destroy and create at the same time, borrowing details of the reality he manipulates so that he might resuscitate the moribund artist and partner within."
—Zach Wyner, author of What We Never Had
"Both romantic and hilarious, this book is for anyone who has ever had or has ever wondered what it would be like to have a relationship. I think that pretty much means everyone."
Praise for Benchere In Wonderland
"Plaudits are due for Steven Gillis's brilliant fifth novel, an ambitious treatise on the role of art and the artist in modern day society. Gillis has an uncanny knack for depicting the best and worst of humankind... (while) carefully examining the fallibility and resolve of the artist."
Praise for The Consequence of Skating
"A compelling meditation on media influence and social isolation. Gillis' fourth novel explores the struggle for redemption and acceptance in a world saturated by information."
Praise for The Law of Strings
"This story collection hooked me from story one and continued to captivate to the end. Expert dialogue and movement and resolution in each piece. This is a book you could read in one sitting... the pace is that swift, the stories that good."
—Stephen Dixon, two time National Book Award finalist
Praise for Temporary People
"Here is a fable for our time, and for just about any other time you can imagine."
—Chris Bachelder, finalist for 2016 National Book Award
Praise for Giraffes
"Gillis' stories are illuminatingly strange, filled with power, electric, and will stay with you long after you think you've gone to sleep."
—Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries
Praise for The Weight of Nothing
Praise for Walter Falls
"An exceptionally well written novel. Walter Falls is highly recommended as a powerful and moving saga of the human condition."
—Midwest Book Review