Peter Ho Davies with Bich Minh Nguyen
Peter Ho Davies' novel, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political experiences a family can have: to have a child, and conversely, the decision not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests—and questions that reverberate down the years.
“There are some stories that require as much courage to write as they do art. Peter Ho Davies’s achingly honest, searingly comic portrait of fatherhood is just such a story. A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself enacts to profound effect the dark shames, fears, and absurdities that are an inescapable part of family life. The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love.”—Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend.
Peter Ho Davies' previous books include The Fortunes, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is also the author of The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and two critically acclaimed collections of short stories.
Bich Minh Nguyen (also known as Beth Nguyen) is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin: the memoir, Stealing Buddha's Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her awards and honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center, and best book of the year honors from the Chicago Tribune and Library Journal.