Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

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In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales—an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama.

The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them.

Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.

Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.


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About Karen Maitland

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Karen Maitland has a doctorate in psycholinguistics. She traveled and worked in many parts of the world, from the Arctic Circle to Africa, before finally settling in the medieval city of Lincoln in England. Her British debut novel, The White Room, was short-listed for the Authors' Club of Great Britain Best First Novel Award. She is at work on her next novel, The Owl Killers.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 25, 2009 by Delacorte Press. 480 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Although they believe in witches, vampires and werewolves, they apparently don’t mind that Narigorm revels in their misfortunes, when she’s not foretelling their doom or torturing small animals.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Midsummer's Day, 1348, "the day on which humans and beasts alike became the wager in a divine game."

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Set in the 14th century England, "Company of Liars" features a collection of unforgettable characters who band together for safety on a journey through the hostile countryside being ravaged by the Black Death.

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And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.

Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.

Nov 02 2008 | Read Full Review of Company of Liars

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