June 23, 2015

The Truth and Other Lies


The Truth and Other Lies

by Sascha Arango
publisher Atria, Simon and Schuster
published today, June 23, 2015
source:  publisher and NetGalley

Reflections:   Often I make a point not to read movie and book reviews.  I like sitting in the theater knowing nothing except the barest fact about the movie.  I also like to open a book, knowing only the minimum of the plot.  Then I'm pleasantly surprised at what unfolds.

The Truth and Other Lies gave me many puzzling surprises, mainly because I hadn't read the other reviews.  I hesitate to write too much in this review,  you should have the same pleasant aggravating puzzles while reading.

In sum,  the world knows Henry Hayden as a famous author, but his wife is the actual author.  She doesn't want the recognition so Henry gets all the credit.  The best-selling novels bring in a fortune;  fans flock in to meet Henry on book tours.   One day, Henry's mistress tells him she is pregnant.  This is not a spoiler, you find out in the first page, when Henry looks in horror at an ultrasound picture.   Here is an excerpt of the beginning  which describes Hayden's reaction when he looks at the ultrasound picture.    This hooked me in.

What's the truth?  What are the lies?
The liars among us will know that every lie must contain a certain amount of truth if it's to be convincing.  A dash of truth is often enough, but it's indispensable, like the olive in the martini.
What in the world is going on?   You'll find yourself asking this question often.   A frequent sentence throughout the book "The dog knows everything."   That's how I felt at the end.   This is the author's debut novel,  he credits his readers with intelligence and doesn't point things out obviously such as the point-of-view.  We aren't spoon-fed.