Fiction. WOULD I LIE TO YOU? is a novel about the secrets that even loving couples keep from each other and their consequences. After ten years of marriage, Sue and Jerry each harbor a significant secret: the son Sue didn't know her husband had, and the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was sixteen. At Jerry's funeral, the son Sue didn't know existed turns up. At first Sue feels betrayed by Jerry, but gradually she accepts her own complicity. And she regrets never telling him, or anyone else, about the baby girl she gave up for adoption when she herself was a so young. Sue starts searching and ultimately meets the daughter who has been searching for her as well as the man who as a teenager fathered her child. The novel confronts what happened when pregnancies were kept secret many years ago, what happens when birth mother and child look for and either find, or do not find, each other. It explores the reality of family secrets, huge issues that are kept quiet under the veneer of polite society and that affect the individuals and families involved for lifetimes, even generations.
Mary Lou Dickinson's publications include a collection of short fiction, ONE DAY IT HAPPENS (2007) and three novels, ILE D'OR (2010), WOULD I LIE TO YOU? (2014), and THE WHITE RIBBON MAN (2018). Her fiction has also been published in a number of literary journals, including the University of Windsor Review, Descant, Waves, Grain, Northern Journey, The Fiddlehead, Impulse, and Writ, and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her writing was also included in the anthology, We Who Can Fly: Poems, Essays and Memories in Honour of Adele Wiseman. She grew up in northern Quebec and currently lives in Toronto.Author City: Toronto, ON CAN