About Beautiful Lies
• Hardcover: 512 pages
• Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (September 18, 2012)
“A stirring and seductive novel.”—Economist
London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel’s choices are not so simple. As her husband’s career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both. When the notorious newspaper editor Alfred Webster begins to take an uncommon interest in Maribel, she fears he will not only destroy Edward’s career but both of their reputations.
Inspired by the true story of a politician’s wife who lived a double life for decades, Beautiful Lies is set in a time that, fraught with economic uncertainty and tabloid scandal-mongering, uncannily presages our own.
About Clare Clark
Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.
Clare’s Tour Stops
Thursday, September 20th: Unabridged Chick
Friday, September 21st: Savvy Verse & Wit
Tuesday, September 25th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, September 27th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Friday, September 28th: Seaside Book Corner
Saturday, September 29th: Doing Dewey
Tuesday, October 2nd: Oh! Paper Pages
Wednesday, October 3rd: nomadreader
Thursday, October 4th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, October 9th: A Dream Within a Dream
Wednesday, October 10th: missris
Wednesday, October 10th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, October 11th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Martin Zook says
Finally got around to reading The Great Stink, thinking I was creating critically needed shelf space by taking on some of the one-offs (read once and off to someone else’s library) I’ve accumulated over the decades. But now I’m going to keep it. In addition to being a tremendous writing talent (I normally put more value in the thought invested in a work), the thinking and understanding of events and characters links past to present. Remarkable, top-drawer, historical fiction. So now I want to read her other works, which means I’ll have to find space for three more books.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.