The Truth and Other Lies

Sascha Arango, trans. from the German by Imogen Taylor. Atria, $24.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4767-9555-3
German scriptwriter Arango’s exceptional first novel, a highly entertaining thriller, focuses on Henry Hayden, a successful author who lives in a “nondescript coastal town.” Wealthy beyond imagination, he appears to be a loving husband to his wife, Martha, and is so humble that people automatically like him. In truth, the vain and selfish Henry is seeing a mistress, Betty Hansen, who’s also his editor, and a few other women besides. As for those bestsellers, Henry never wrote one word—Martha did, allowing him to take credit as long as her authorial role remained a secret. Henry’s carefully constructed world is in danger when Betty becomes pregnant. His decision to take drastic action results in an accidental death. Dodging the police inquiry and an old acquaintance determined to expose his erratic past, Henry takes charge of his own fate. Wry humor punctuates this insightful look at a soulless man. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, Inkwell Management, on behalf of Michael Heyward, Text Publishing. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/13/2015
Release date: 06/23/2015
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