In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a
dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of
history, mystery, and powerful human drama.
The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a
world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by
chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward
Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From
Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, to Cygnus, the
one-armed storyteller…from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a
painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And
one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a
destiny they never saw coming.
Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is
a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.
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