The Lies That Bind

Version: Unabridged
Author: Emily Giffin
Narrator: Brittany Pressley , Vikas Adam , Will Damron
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Women
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: June 2020
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace. . . . 

It’s 2 A.M. on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city—and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. 

As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, “Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.” Something tells her to listen, and over the next several hours—and shots of tequila—the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, their timing couldn’t be worse—Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can’t seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully constructed life, Cecily follows her heart instead of her head. 

Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing-person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn’t who he seemed to be? 

The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth—in our relationships, our careers, and deep within our own hearts.

Reviews (1)

Written by Patricia V. on August 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book brought so many memories of NYC in my early 20’s back. A surprise from one of my favorite authors.

Author Details

Author Details

Giffin, Emily

Emily Giffin was born on March 20, 1972, in Baltimore, Maryland and had a very happy childhood. She grew up with a love of reading, surrounded by books and making frequent trips to the library with her mother and older sister, Sarah. She began writing at a young age, and "published" many of her own stories.

Emily's father was an executive for Sears, so her family moved around quite a bit over the years. In 1986, they arrived in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) just in time for Emily to start high school. During those years, Emily indulged her passion for writing as a member of the creative writing club and the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She won several awards for her writing and wrote in her journal every day.

After graduating in 1990, Emily attended Wake Forest University. She chose the school for many reasons, including her love of ACC basketball. One of the highlights of her years at Wake was managing the men's basketball team. She overlapped with such greats as Rodney Rogers and Tim Duncan-and can't resist making college basketball references in her books.

After college, Emily attended law school at the University of Virginia. She graduated in 1997 and moved to Manhattan where she worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. While appreciating certain aspects of her legal career, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue her true passion for writing.

In 2001, just five days after September 11 th, Emily moved to London where she began writing full time. Despite getting rejected by eight publishers for her young adult novel, Lily Holding True, Emily kept writing. Spending hours in her flat near Hyde Park, she began creating the world of Rachel and Darcy. Here is a page from an early draft of Something Borrowed -under its original working title, Rolling the Dice.

The following year was an exciting one for Emily. She got married, found an agent, and signed a two-book contract with St. Martin's Press. Although she hadn't planned to do so originally, she became interested in Darcy's side of the story during revisions of Something Borrowed and thus began writing Something Blue.

In September 2003, Emily and her husband left London and moved to Atlanta. A few months later, on New Year's Eve, her identical twin sons, Edward and George, were born 92 minutes apart.

In 2004, Something Borrowed was released to rave reviews and instantly made the New York Times bestseller list. It was a dream come true. Emily has been very busy with her family and her writing ever since!