The Care and Management of Lies

The Care and Management of Lies

A Novel of the Great War

Audiobook CD - 2014
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"By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained--by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management--a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil. As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom's fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia's mouth-watering, albeit imaginary, meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?"--Container.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Harper Audio, [2014], ℗2014
ISBN: 9781483005201
1483005208
Branch Call Number: FICTION Win
Description: 8 audio discs (9 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Barber, Nicola 1978-

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Oct 18, 2016

I had my doubts since it isn't a Maisie Dobbs novel, but I got into the rhythm of the characters ( esp. Kezia and Theo) and the farm. Winespear writes characters who are very egalitarian and down-to-earth. Wonder if she's Quaker?

JCLJoyceM Sep 28, 2016

Winspear crafts a World War I tale which lets us see how the fighting affected those Britains who left to serve – soldiers, female ambulance drivers and chaplains – and those who stayed behind. Kezia manages the operation of the farm while her husband, Tom, is away and carefully describes recipes to give him a taste of home cooking, if only in his mind. Tom and his fellow soldiers look forward to her culinary adventures, which Tom reads aloud. Tom’s harassment by the sergeant leads to dramatic events. This is the second Winspear book I have read, and I love her details of the era.

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