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What are the lies we tell ourselves and others that get us through our lives? In the summer of 1981 Anna is suddenly offered the opportunity to study English at McGill University in Montreal. She jumps at the chance, leaving behind her job, her husband, and her country - Poland. She meets William, a music professor, and falls in love. Back home, martial law is declared. After almost ten years of marriage, William dies suddenly of a heart attack, and Anna is left to pick up the pieces. In the midst of grieving, she discovers more pieces than expected: for the length of their lives together, William carried on a long-distance affair with a woman journalist in Germany. In search of truth, Anna returns to a dramatically changed Europe, where Communism has fallen, the Berlin Wall has been torn down, and where, once again, history will have to be rewritten. Probing the depths of betrayal and forgiveness, she confronts her own past and the motives that drove her away from Poland; she sees herself through the eyes of her mother, her ex-husband, and most importantly, William's German lover, Ursula. Necessary Lies tells the story of the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780889243002
ISBN-10: 088924300X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Simon & Pierre Publishers
Publisher: The Dundurn Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Jared Mitchell

Jared Mitchell is a journalist whose work has appeared in many publications, including Maclean's, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail and Equinox. He taught at Hong Kong's Shue Yan College. His first novel, The Invincible, was published by Lester Publishing in 1995.