A Book of Untruths is a candid, sometimes emotionally draining, rationalization of a bewildering and brutal childhood. Each short chapter features one of these lies and each lie forms the basis of her life: “Faced with unreliable memories, self-deceit, some lies…”Miranda Doyle looks to verify what is true and what is mismanaged memory – a reflection on time, memory and identity that raises questions you may find yourself wanting to answer about your own life.
Although this book is a personal telling of her own experience it reads like a hybrid of first person narration with omniscient narration as she pieces together the lies to connect the relationship between them and that of her family. It is this easier style of narration that keeps you going through the tough times. It is not a victim’s memoir; it is a book about love, family and marriage. It is about the fallibility of human beings and the terrible things we do to one another (and she even offers philosophical and psychological insight into those behaviours) , and how those actions affect those we love in many different ways. It is about the ways we get at (or avoid) the truth. And it is about storytelling itself: how we build a sense of ourselves and our place in the world – how our lives become stories.
A very intelligent book.
A Book of Untruths
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Jun. 2017)
Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm