White Lies

White Lies

White Lies is the tenth novel by a long-established writer of contemporary women’s fiction. It’s a poignant tale which explores the joys and hazards of adoption, skilfully and movingly told from the perspectives of three women over half a century.

Beth is a guest at a wedding. The bride is Tess, her natural daughter, who’d been adopted as a baby. During the moments leading up to the marriage ceremony, Beth remembers the lifetime events that have led to her present state of sick fear. Recent revelations have made her suspect that the bridegroom is the first child she’d given up for adoption, and therefore Tess’s half-brother. Will she speak of this impediment to matrimony, as invited by the priest, or forever hold her peace?

White Lies gives the answer in a way that reveals the complexities of truth-telling in the context of parenthood and adoption. The reader’s sympathy is engaged with each woman in turn, as the intricacies of the plot demonstrate how nature and nurture interplay in the formation of personality.

Susan Barrett is an experienced writer of fact and fiction published by traditional publishers in hardback and paperback in UK and USA. She has also produced Kindle editions of her previously published novels, and self-published recent work.






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Susan Barrett
Susan spent her childhood in Devon and at school in Bath. She worked as a copywriter in London before leaving to live in Greece where she began writing fiction. In her early career as a writer, she had seven novels published in hardback and paperback in UK and USA. Other work included travel writing, television drama, and wildlife and children's books illustrated by her husband Peter. In the 1990s she trained in humanistic psychology and counselling, and still continues her work as a counsellor in private practice. Her recent work is available in paperback on Amazon, and as ebooks for Kindle: 'Alive in World War Two', a collection of family newsletters with a commentary and memoir; 'White Lies', a novel about adoption; and "A Home from Home", a satire set in a care home for the elderly.
Susan was very pleased to receive this review by Michael Frayn:-
“I enjoyed A Home from Home, and admired Susan Barrett’s imaginative verve and technical skill. The idiosyncratic setting of the care home is very convincing, and (the) sheer multiplicity of the well-characterised staff and inmates is impressive. So are their complex interrelationships and their often surprising and far-reaching backgrounds. She brings off one of the best things that a novelist can do – the creation of a world – and writes about it both vividly and elegantly.” Michael Frayn, October 2016

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