Mary Gordon’s latest work, The Liar’s Wife, is a collection of novellas whose settings span Europe and America, pre- and post-World War II, and whose narrators are surprisingly adept truth-tellers - so deft, in fact, as to tell you truths about yourself that you might have a hard time believing.

There is Jocelyn, who finds herself tending her dead mother’s house at the height of post-retirement bliss when her ex-husband pulls into her driveway, steering a Frito-Lay truck; Genevieve, a former…  [more]