The Care and Management of Lies

The Care and Management of Lies

A Novel of the Great War

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Kezia struggles to keep her ordered life from unraveling after her husband enlists to fight for his country, while Thea, her best friend, sister-in-law, and suffragette, is drawn reluctantly to the battlefield.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ?2014
ISBN: 9780062220509
Branch Call Number: WIN
Characteristics: 319 pages


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Jul 18, 2017

Very enjoyable reading. The plot takes many turns that I didn't see coming. There is depth in the personal stories and a side of WWI which I have not seen presented before. This is the best out of the last 10 or so books that I have read recently.

Feb 09, 2017

This well constructed intimate story of one woman's life gave me a startling sense of connection with how one's life could be changed suddenly by the crushing violence of WW1.
The author was successful in ending the story by demonstrating hope through the strength of character required by the woman to adapt to great tragedy and her ability to move on.

Jun 10, 2016

School friends Kezia and Thea—once Dorrit— lives take different courses when they leave school as teachers. Kezzie marries Thea's brother Tom and becomes a farmer's wife—a farm whose fields and woodlands all have names from Dickens' writings. But, then the Great War comes. Letters fill the second part of the book, letters Kezzie writes to keep Jim grounded in his life at home. She always includes a dinner she cooks for him. At once charming and poignant, it’s a World War I story often told, yet told here in a fresh appealing way. Loved it.

Jan 03, 2016

A lovely, lovely stand-alone novel from the author of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series. This focuses on four characters -- two men, two women -- during the first year of the Great War, and Winspear moves seamlessly from the trenches to the home front, portraying both in great detail and with a quiet respect for the sacrifices made by soldiers and civilians alike. This is, in some ways, a rather quiet book, but it's no less moving for all that. It's not a spoiler to say this is a very sad book with great emotional impact, and it was an excellent way to kick off my reading year in 2016. Highly recommended.

Apr 14, 2015

Winspear has created a stand-alone story about life on a British farm during WWI. When educated Kezia marries the brother of her best friend, she’s in for an education about what it takes to be a farmer’s wife. When her husband, Tom, enlists and is sent to France, her letters about the marvelous meals she’s making for him help him and his fellow soldiers find some enjoyment in the foxholes. I really liked this gentle story and the strength that the common people of England found to survive the First World War.

ronsmedley Feb 23, 2015

The ending is sad indeed ..... but points out the war is definitely hell and in no way glamorous like the understanding that the new recruits for the war seems to have.

LPL_ShirleyB Sep 23, 2014

This intense novel by the author of the wonderful Maisie Dobbs mystery series shares similar WWI themes, although it’s not a mystery. The title refers to the careful letters wife Kezia and husband Tom exchange to not worry each other as she stays home and manages their farm and he fights in France. These characters are heroic as they face horrific experiences.

Sep 18, 2014

Loving Maisie Dobbs, I had to switch gears on this one. But I was glad I was able to, and I think Maisie would understand exactly what Winspear was writing about. Three honorable people, Tom, his sister Thea, her best friend Kezia, who marries Tom at the beginning of the book, get caught up in the various lies that are inevitable in war. None of them mean to, but the consequences are grave for them all. I think the villain is a bit overdone, though I understand why, maybe. While this is a great stand-alone book, there is enough hope at the end of it that I'd like to see what Winspear might make of a sequel.

Sep 14, 2014

A sad and beautiful story with lots of charming characters and a very hateful villain ... Kezia , the leading heroine is a resourceful, brilliant and dedicated young wife one easily falls for.
Mrs Winspear's detailed , refreshing and powerful prose is very enjoyable .

Sep 06, 2014

**** stars. The New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series turns her prodigious talents to this World War I standalone novel. 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 rural 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? **********I have read and enjoyed Ms. Winspear's Maisie Dobbs detective series, so without the intrigue of the mystery and the loss of Maisie I was skeptical about a stand-alone novel. The first 2/3 of the book sets the stage for interwoven lives of Kezie, Tom, Thea, Edward ( the local estate owner and Tom's commanding officer )and Kezia's father who volunteers as a chaplain in France. The book is very well written and the character development is marvelous, but I was still withholding judgment until the end. I read the last 1/3 in one sitting as I could not wait to find out the resolution of the lives of 5 people whom I had come to care about deeply. Highly recommend

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