A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political decisions a family can make: to have a child, and conversely, to choose 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.
“The world needs more stories like this one, more of this kind of courage, more of this kind of love.” –Sigrid Nunez
“A brilliant book about modern marriage and parenthood, about choice and its fallout, that is hilarious and devastating, both true-to-life and a comforting fractured parable for our time.” –Elizabeth McCracken
“A taut, raw, clever work of autofiction with a real beating heart, this is the audacious tragicomic novel about fatherhood and long-term love we’ve been missing.” –Claire Vaye Watkins
“Another triumph by an author whose books I love.” –Joan Silber
PETER HO DAVIES’s novel The Fortunes won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is also the author of The Welsh Girl, long-listed for the Booker Prize and a London Times bestseller, as well as two critically acclaimed collections of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and Granta and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.
Sly, funny, intelligent, and artfully structured, The Fortunes recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans and reimagines the multigenerational novel through the fractures of immigrant family experience.
“A prophetic work, with passages of surpassing beauty…” –Joyce Carol Oates
“An intense and dreamlike new novel…” –The New Yorker
“Should take it’s place as a seminal, defining text on the Chinese-American experience.” –Times Literary Supplement