Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New This Week: My Liar by Rachel Cline

Rachel Cline brings a journeyman’s eye and a poet’s heart to My Liar (Random House), her second novel after 2004’s highly acclaimed What to Keep.

The Los Angeles film community provides the backdrop for My Liar, and though this community is well rendered (it’s a world this author once inhabited) it really is just the setting. The real meat here comes through the relationships between women: the complex connections, the competitions and self-definitions. Cline serves it all up with pathos and heart and great dollops of dark humor.

A side note here: the science geeks in our readership may well be aware of the work of this author’s maternal parent. Barbara Lovett Cline is the author of The Questioners: Physicists and the Quantum Theory (1965), more recently retitled to Men Who Made a New Physics: Physicists and the Quantum Theory. Rachel Cline writes beautifully about her mother and their relationship on her Web site here.



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