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“There are some stories that require as much courage to write as they do art. Peter Ho Davies’ achingly honest, searingly comic portrait of fatherhood is just such a story.... The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love.” (Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend)

A heartbreaking, soul-baring novel about the repercussions of choice that “will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere,” (starred review, Kirkus) from the award-winning author of The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes

A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political experiences a family can have: to have a child, and conversely, the decision not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests - and questions that reverberate down the years.

When does sorrow turn to shame?

When does love become labor?

When does chance become choice?

When does a diagnosis become destiny?

And when does fact become fiction? 

This spare, graceful narrative chronicles the flux of parenthood, marriage, and the day-to-day practice of loving someone. As challenging as it is vulnerable, as furious as it is tender, as touching as it is darkly comic, Peter Ho Davies' new novel is an unprecedented depiction of fatherhood.

Narrated by Christopher Ryan Grant.

©2021 Peter Ho Davies (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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A story written by a man who is not named throughout the novel, his wife, and his child (all who are not named) in the aftermath of his wife having an abortion with their first pregnancy. It's really a novel about the musings of life through his perspective and fatherhood in general. I enjoyed the novel, but it lacked a concrete storyline.

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Touching & beautiful

Ho Davies’ writing is heart-breakingly honest and vulnerable, as well as laugh-out-loud funny. His tone is conversational, and it’s performed to perfection by Christopher Ryan Grant. Simply put: I loved this audiobook. Highly recommend!