Why Men Lie is the third book in MacIntyre’s Cape Breton trilogy, following the lives of the Gillis clan. Its main character, Effie Gillis, first appeared in his 1999 novel, The Long Stretch (HarperCollins Canada). She is also the middle-aged sister of the troubled priest at the centre of The Bishop’s Man, which won the 2009 Giller Prize. After winning the Giller, MacIntyre told reporters that he was already plotting Effie’s story: “I’m interested in the woman’s point of view as she watches the men around her getting older and stupider,” he said.
Knopf Random Publishing Group publisher Anne Collins — MacIntyre’s editor for The Bishop’s Man — will work with the author again on Why Men Lie. In a press release she says, “I was a goner from the title page, really. I know how wonderfully Linden can parse the contours of troubled conscience from working with him on The Bishop’s Man, but I was completely unprepared for the way he captures Effie, a woman in mid-life who knows what she’s worth yet still can’t help but feel the diminishment of age.”
Why Men Lie will be released in April 2012.