From the award-winning author of Waking Lions, a novel about how one lie can change everything, when a teenaged girl's scream -- and the false assumption that comes from it -- radiates through a street, a neighborhood, and a city, and turns lives upside down. Nofar is an average -- very average -- teenage girl working in an ice cream parlor at the end of summer. Dozens of customers come to the shop every day, but no one gives her a second glance--she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on. But Nofar's world changes completely when a well-known TV presenter comes into the shop. Bitter about his own failures, he insults and humiliates her and she flees in tears. The presenter, who is still waiting for his change, chases her and the girl screams. Nofar's shouts alert the neighbors, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that the man tried to sexually assault her. And she decides to let them believe it. For the first time in her life, Nofar finds herself the center of attention. Her lie turns her into a kind of Cinderella, as the plain, awkward ice cream seller becomes a media princess. Meanwhile, one of the only people who knows what really happened demands a price for his silence. Written with dark humor and deep insight into the shadowy side of human nature, The Liar is a story about how one little lie can make a huge difference. In a world of media connectivity and alternate facts, the scream of one girl can make an entire city tweet and howl.
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"Narrator Ajjaz Awad becomes the teenage Nofar, full of angst, foibles, and a longing to be seen. Awad's characterization is light, allowing us to hear Nofar's boredom as an ice cream shop attendant. As we feel both pity and amusement at her plight, Awad moves us capably through seemingly inconsequential moments at a rapid pace so that the novel's darker turn comes as a surprise. Listeners are drawn into a swirl of confusion and delight as a dilemma arises over a lie that Nofar has told. The heroine's complicated emotions are perfectly captured by Awad in the girlish voice she uses for Nofar's interior monologue. We don't judge her as harshly as we would otherwise. When Nofar is joined by an older liar, Awad's dexterity--and our interest--is heightened. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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