Book review: Why Men Lie, By Linden MacIntyre


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Effie MacAskill Gillis is a history professor teaching Celtic Studies at a Toronto university. She's in her fifties, the survivor of two marriages and a short-term dabbler in occasional liaisons.

It's the time of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and Effie admits: "She'd been Monica. She'd been Bill. She'd been Hillary." Then she encounters JC Campbell, a man from her Cape Breton past, and this thrillerish read takes a darker turn as Effie's exes all come under scrutiny.

There's a Catholic sensibility at work in this compellingly told tale about the sins of omission.