A Few White Lies


  Author:   Lorne Elliott    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

Lorne Elliott is at his satirical best in his new novel A Few White Lies. Thea, the whip-smart, feisty, resourceful, and haiku-writing teenage narrator, joins the roster of memorably high-spirited and young female protagonists from Matilda to Lisa Moore’s Flannery Malone. Thea flies from Haida Gwaii, where she lives with her café-owning mother, to St. John’s. Her heroic ordeal is to help her ever-floundering, musician-songwriter father, Grady Jordan, drive a purple limousine, which he claims he won at cards, across Canada. Long estranged from her unreliable father, and possessing both caustic wit and principled integrity, Thea must contend with his spurious schemes and uproarious confabulations. En route, they become enmeshed with Chuck T, a scurrilous and menacing country rock musician, an Indigenous land protest and its media circus, and an opportunistic music star, Daisy Ratzinger, idolized by Thea’s best friend, Marcia. En route, like voyageurs before them, Thea and Grady navigate the rapids and rocks of their relationship, struggling to paddle in synch.

Lorne Elliott’s deep and loving knowledge of Canada, and of our music scene, permeates this road-trip novel with its reversal of parent-child roles. His satire, this time channeled exquisitely through Thea’s voice, mind, and spirit, is, as always, compassionately and poignantly humane and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Canadian born LORNE ELLIOTT has performed from Newfoundland to New York City, from Los Angeles to Australia and points in between. Lorne started performing in 1974 as a folk musician in East Coast Canada. At the same time he kept writing fiction as well as songs, monologues and one-liners. The outcome of such a training is a very special show of comedy and music, totally original, entertaining, foolish and uplifting. Along with his unique performance style it is the timelessness of his material, joined with keen observations on today's trends that make LORNE ELLIOTT 's work so special.
ISBN associated with this title: 9781773661216
Item AC0216
Publisher Acorn Press
Publisher Acorn Press
Published on April 15 2024
Language ENG
Pages 220
Format Paperback
Dimensions 8.25(in) x 5.75(in)