Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Liar's Diary

Patry Francis is a remarkable human being. A poet, writer, wife, mother, friend, and former waittress, she consistently shares her love of writing, her heart, and her compassionate view of the world on her blog. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in November, she has continued to write posts that inspire and comfort. She spreads gratitude and hope.

Now it is our turn to return the love. Patry's book "The Liar's Diary" is being released today in paperback. Thanks to the organization of Laura Benedict, Susan Henderson, Robin Slick, and many others, the litblogging community is taking on the joyous task of promoting Patry's book so that she can rest and recover from her illness.

Here's what the publisher, Penguin Group has to say about "The Liar's Diary:"
A seductive psychological thriller about a woman facing the dark truths at the heart of her family

Jeanne Cross’s contented suburban life gets a jolt of energy from the arrival of Ali Mather, the stunning new music teacher at the local high school. With a magnetic personality and looks to match, Ali draws attention from all quarters, including Jeanne’s husband and son. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a deep friendship based on their mutual vulnerabilities and long-held secrets that Ali has been recording in her diary. The diary also holds a key to something darker: Ali’s suspicion that someone has been entering her house when she is not at home. Soon their friendship will be shattered by violence—and Jeanne will find herself facing impossible choices in order to protect the people she loves.

I was fortunate enough to receive a signed copy of the hardback from Patry several months ago, and I can honestly say that this book is impossible to put down. The characters are complex, the plot is intricate, and it unfolds in wonderfully shocking ways. I found myself thinking about this book day and night, unable to avoid the deep psychological questions it addresses. To say I was invested in the characters and their situation would be putting it mildly indeed. It is one of the most compelling books I have ever read.

You can find the newly released paperback online at Amazon, Powell's, and Barnes & Noble. It's a fantastic thriller and a great read. Please check it out and help us spread the word about "The Liar's Diary."


RobinSlick said...

Hi, Sharon: Just stopping by to thank you for participating today and for this lovely post.


Sharon Hurlbut said...

Thanks Robin! I'd do anything for Patry.

Anonymous said...

Patry is amazing isn't she? And so are you. :o)