One of Tobias Wolff’s classic tales, “The Liar” is the story of a deceitful teenage boy and his religious,resolute mother.
James is a liar. He enjoys inventing fantastic stories abouthis family, particularly his mother. Margaret is orderly, stubborn, andjudgmental—a woman who throws rocks at hungry bears and never misses four o’clockMass. She loves her children but has always struggled with James. Like his deceased father, he’s fascinated by the darker aspects of life—car crashes, illness, andcrime. Dr. Murphy, the family physician who dabbles in psychiatry, believesthat James’ lying is harmless. His mother, however, thinks otherwise.
Written with candor and humor, “The Liar” is a meditation on one of the most pervasivecharacteristics of human nature.