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Question: Book set after Second World War- family go on holiday to Florida, mother's affair is revealed and man gets murdered

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Asked by maddeiiii on Sat 12, Aug 2017 01:40am :
I read this book a year ago. The cover is dark with a blonde woman's face
on. It was named something along the lines of "My mother is a better liar
than I am", however I've failed to find anything similar. The story starts
where the main character (young girl) is living with her mother and her
step dad has recently returned from the Second World War. They go on
holiday together to Florida (I think it was Florida) and meet a man who was
in the war with the step father. The man spends large amounts of time with
the family, the step father doesn't like him, and the daughter falls in
love with him. It turns out the mother had been having an affair with this
man. The mother, step father, and man then go on a boating trip where the
man dies- whether he is murdered or not is left unsaid but it is heavily
suggested. There's also a part about a scandal of the man and step father
stealing from prisoners of war and trying to buy a hotel with some Jewish
people but I don't remember any details from that. If this plot sounds
familiar please help me out! It was a really good read.
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Comment by sallievern on Sat 12, Aug 2017 07:24am:
"What I Saw and How I Lied" by Judy Blondell
"When Evie's father
returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal
life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than
just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young
ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is
suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly
recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets
that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family
and breaks her life in
two" "In
1947, 15-year-old Evie, her mother, Bev, and her stepfather, Joe, leave
Brooklyn for a vacation in Palm Beach, FL, during the off season. There
they meet Arlene and Tom Grayson, who lavish attention on the family and
convince Joe to go into the hotel business with them. When Peter, an
army acquaintance of Joe's, appears, Evie is smitten by his charm and
attention. Her budding interest in romance, while protectively
discouraged by her parents, is actually encouraged by Arlene, who helps
Evie develop a sense of style. Evie enjoys her outings with Peter and
interprets her mother's insinuating presence as protective, when in
reality Bev is having an affair with the younger man. Joe's jealous
distrust of his wife, established while he was at war in Europe, does
not obviate the intimacy between Bev and Peter. Evie's closeness to her
mother will not permit her to acknowledge the affair even when it
becomes impossible to deny. Meanwhile pervading anti-Semitism sours the
hotel deal, and the Graysons are forced out of Palm Beach. When Joe
insists on one last boat trip, Peter dies during a storm and Joe is
accused of murder. It is during the ensuing hearing that Evie learns
that adults, even those closest to her, are not always what they seem.
Blundell navigates this multidimensional plotline with unique,
well-developed characters and insightful dialogue. Yet it is Evie and
her rapidly maturing perception of herself and those around her that
carry the story. In many ways she becomes the adult in the group,
motivated by truth and justice rather than greed or superficial


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