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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maile Meloy Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With her first novel, Liars and Saints, award-winning author Maile Meloy more than delivers on the promise of her highly acclaimed debut story collection, Half in Love. This richly textured novel tells a story of sex and longing, love and loss, and of the deceit that can lie at the heart of family relationships.

Set in California, Liars and Saints follows four generations of the Catholic Santerre family from World War II to the present. In a family driven as much by jealousy and propriety as by love, an unspoken tradition of deceit is passed from generation to generation. When tragedy shatters their precarious domestic lives, it takes astonishing courage and compassion to bring them back together.

By turns funny and disturbing, irreverent and profound, Liars and Saints is a masterful display of Maile Meloy’s prodigious gifts and of her penetrating insight into an extraordinary American family and the nature of human love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maile Meloy writes with both fearlessness and true compassion.”

    Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

  • “A spectacular first novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Maile Meloy combines the meticulous realism of domestic fiction with the witchery of a natural-born storyteller.”

    New York Times Magazine

  • “Meloy manages to avoid melodrama through the precision and restraint of her writing…She is also a deft sociologist, charting the ways in which the social upheavals of the second half of the twentieth century have gradually reshaped our ideas of family…Meloy’s achievement is to have written one that leaves you wishing it were longer.”

    New Yorker

  • “A tour de force.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Remarkable…Bittersweet, wise, with a fantastic sense of character and history…Fifteen minutes after opening this book, a reader is apt not just to care about the Santerres but also to feel like one of them.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “The consolations of ardent faith, as well as the harsh demands of religious dogma, supply the leitmotifs of this dazzling novel of a Catholic family’s life over five decades. Meloy, whose collection of short fiction, Half in Love, earned rave reviews…writes with wisdom and compassion about the secret guilt that shadows three generations of the Santerre family…The alternating points of view of eight main characters shine with authenticity and illuminate the moral complexities felt by each generation. The rich emotional chiarascuro and fine psychological insight of this haunting novel mark Meloy as a writer of extraordinary talent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Meloy is an outstanding short story writer, as evident in her collection, Half in Love (2002), and her signature clarity and concreteness also grace her first novel…[Meloy] deftly probes the parameters of faith and love.”


  • “A multigenerational first novel told with remarkable compression and precision.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Gross | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as her story Proxy Wedding which appeared in the New Yorker, but still really vivid writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Badly Drawn Girl | 2/10/2014

    " I had higher expectations for this book. While it was a fun and easy read, and I found myself reading it to the exclusion of other books, it never rose above "good" in my mind. My biggest complaint was that there were too many shocking twists and turn, to the point where it felt forced. The family had enough going on without turning them into characters in movie on the Lifetime channel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dalia Azim | 1/20/2014

    " I loved her short story collection (Half in Love,) and was a little disappointed in this novel. Her prose is beautiful, but sometimes the economy of her language got in the way of letting the dramas of the book really explode. I like explosions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Stiteler | 1/16/2014

    " Great read and a fantastic plot. A real page turner. "

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