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Half-truths and White Lies

af Jane Davis

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When Tom Fellows proclaims that a Venn diagram is a far better way of illustrating modern family ties than a traditional tree, his young daughter Andrea has no idea that he is referring to their own situation.It is only when she loses both parents in a shocking car accident that she takes an interest in her own genealogy and begins to realize that her perfect upbringing was not all that it seemed...Half-truths & White Lies is a beautifully crafted, thought-provoking novel that questions the influence of the people who are missing from our lives. It examines the thin line between love and friendship, looking at our complex emotional needs. It also explores how one woman's life is dictated by her desire for children, whilst another's is shaped by her decision not to have them.… (mere)
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Poor parenting turns this novel about love into a long drawn out drama (that may do well in the movies). Laura is beautiful and encouraged to depend on her looks to find a good match but never taught confidence in anything else. She is friendly and popular. Sister Faye does well in school but doesn't receive encouragement and actually irritates her mother. She becomes independent, cynical and critical.

Peter had been trained early on to repress his emotions. He learned well. The world knows whom he loves but he plays the gentleman for most of book. When he finally does act on his feelings he causes severe emotional harm. Of course, he realizes his mistake and takes responsibility to reverse the harm, sacrificing his chance to be a parent.

Years later the truth comes out after a tragedy, and the family decides to live together in a 4 apartment home.

While I found the book to be very readable, I still would like to kick Peter and remind myself he's fictional. I would also like to know if all the other people of the world had been kidnapped by aliens. Didn't Peter, Faye, Nana and Andrea have acquaintances, colleagues, friends, lovers, clients etc to befriend, date and talk to? Did they live in a shtetl?

The major shortcoming of this book is that they are all TOO close. Why? And surprise, a neighbor ends up being related. ( )
  Bookish59 | Jul 2, 2016 |
Personal choices making for difficult decisions. Great characters and an intriguing plot. ( )
  oldstick | Jul 4, 2014 |
I loved this book, I found the style of writing very easy to read and the story was captivating.

This is the story of Andrea who is thrown into a situation that makes her see the people behind her perfect childhood in a different light. As the tale unravels it takes you back & forth to the late 1970's to experience Tom, Laura, Peter & Faye's friendships and how their lives are entwined by the decisions they do and don't make. It ultimately draws you in as you want to find out what happens to each of the characters, what consequences they paid for their actions & what effect it has on Andrea in the present day.

The characters are beautifully written & we see each side of this very engrossing story through the journey that each one takes. The author has really captured the essence of the 1970's, in her language and references and although I was a young child then it did bring back lots of happy memories for me. ( )
  AmandaOsborne | Jun 24, 2010 |
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When Tom Fellows proclaims that a Venn diagram is a far better way of illustrating modern family ties than a traditional tree, his young daughter Andrea has no idea that he is referring to their own situation.It is only when she loses both parents in a shocking car accident that she takes an interest in her own genealogy and begins to realize that her perfect upbringing was not all that it seemed...Half-truths & White Lies is a beautifully crafted, thought-provoking novel that questions the influence of the people who are missing from our lives. It examines the thin line between love and friendship, looking at our complex emotional needs. It also explores how one woman's life is dictated by her desire for children, whilst another's is shaped by her decision not to have them.

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