A Big Enough Lie: A Novel

A Big Enough Lie A Novel Awaiting a TV talk show appearance John Townley is quaking with dread He has published a best selling memoir about the Iraq War a page turner climaxing in atrocity In a green room beyond the soundst

  • Title: A Big Enough Lie: A Novel
  • Author: EricBennett
  • ISBN: 9780810131217
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • Awaiting a TV talk show appearance, John Townley is quaking with dread He has published a best selling memoir about the Iraq War, a page turner climaxing in atrocity In a green room beyond the soundstage, he braces himself to confront the charismatic soldier at the violent heart of it But John has never actually seen the man before nor served in Iraq, nor the military.Awaiting a TV talk show appearance, John Townley is quaking with dread He has published a best selling memoir about the Iraq War, a page turner climaxing in atrocity In a green room beyond the soundstage, he braces himself to confront the charismatic soldier at the violent heart of it But John has never actually seen the man before nor served in Iraq, nor the military Even so, and despite the deception, he knows his fabricated memoir contains stunning truths.By turns comic, suspenseful, bitingly satirical, and emotionally potent, A Big Enough Lie pits personal mistruths against national ones of life and death consequence Tracking a writer from the wilds of Florida to New York cubicles to Midwestern workshops to the mindscapes of Baghdad and from love to heartbreak to solitary celebrity Bennett s novel probes our endlessly frustrated desire to grab hold of something or somebody true.

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    • I can't stop thinking about this book. It's a war story, a cultural critique, several love stories, a story about stories, a thriller/suspense story, mostly a story about identity and what we tell ourselves. Bennett's writing is absorbing and emotionally piercing. I loved this writing and want more of it.


    • Loved the first half, started to get a bit lost but still liked the rest. Perplexed at the end. One of those "did I really get it?" books.


    • “What if there are truths we can absorb only through hypothesis and imagination? What if there are powers of sympathy exercised only by exposure to the untrue?”***“What is the morality or immorality of pretending to be something you’re not around people pretending to be something they’re not. What if they don’t know they’re pretending? And do you?”


    • I got word of this through former colleagues, PW, and FB.Lie turns out to be a very good book indeed; thinking about it for the last couple of days has led me to see a variety of intricacies on the level of theme that would seem very difficult to manage for a first-time novelist. To take on the great “American” myth of self-creation is challenge enough, but here there are at least four characters who rise to it aided and abetted by repeated but protean scenes, parallel but apparently unconne [...]


    • A big enough plot to overcome the shortcomings.This book may well call to mind the controversy over James Frey’s so-called memoir A Million Tiny Pieces which, it later transpired, was a work of fiction. Eric Bennett’s tale is one of authorial fraudulence and it’s a clever piece of work - though it has its shortcomings. Can you get past a confusing opening? Can you wade through yards of exposition? Can you deal with digressions and longueurs? Do you like the conceit of a book within a book? [...]


    • One of the best new novels I've read in a long time. Of course this is due to my interests, one of which is art that blends, or is about the blending of, truth and fiction. This is a novel about a writer who writes a fake memoir as a desperate attempt to have his writing get at something truly real. The book alternates chapters between the fake memoir and the "real" story of how the writer gets from being a shy sheltered kid in rural Florida to appearing on an Oprah Winfrey-like TV show with his [...]


    • A better book than Gone Girl, which also skated along the edge of truth and media. "A Big Enough Lie" moves back and forth between the different viewpoints of several characters, with particular focus on self-involved, narcissistic John/Henry. John is a loser in love and life and wills his way into a different world by pretending to be someone he isn't, Henry Fleming, a veteran. Along the way, he engages with four other characters who are playing parts: Marshall Stang, the cool friend whom John [...]


    • This is a pretty great book. The first bit, more or less a prologue, has problems; but after that it's pretty stunning in both conception and execution. The book might look at first glance like an Iraq war memoir (an impression abetted by the fake "Winnie Wilson Book Club" medallion on the cover, which is part of the book's masquerade), but it's in fact something like the inverse--the invasion of memoir by fiction and vice versa. It's about the "writing" of war and the war of writing (including [...]


    • This book challenges you as a reader in the best way possible. The varying narrative structures create intriguing portraits of the novel's main characters, and speaks about them with a depth and tenderness that a traditional approach could not replicate. A Big Enough Lie also dares to address "big ideas" about society and the nature of truth in storytelling—weirdly Dickensian.


    • Great debut novel by Eric Bennett.It took me some time to settle into the story, but after a quarter of the way in I couldn't put the book down. Strong character development with interesting plot twists. I'm curious about follow up work from this author.


    • I like Bennett's writing, and chapter XIX is brilliant. However, the plotting is muddled and just when you think there will be an emotional payoff, he gets clever. Cleverness, in fact, seems to be the point of this book. I am looking forward to his next book, and I expect some improvement.


    • Beautifully written, gifted at turning a phrase. Characters are believable. Exceptional use of the language. I'm reading another book now and am missing Eric's writing skill. A few times I became lost in the plot but I recovered.


    • I really enjoyed the concept of this novel / faux memoir. The two stories informed each other - the non-military, third person "fact" and the military "memoir" were both interesting. I especially liked the segment from the girlfriend's perspective, but I appreciated it all.





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