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The Lie

A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.

Do you know me?, the email began, sparking tremors of fear that turned into a full quake of panic when William Dameron discovered that his selfie had been stolen by strangers. On social networks and dating sites, his image and identity - a forty-year-old straight white male - had been used to hook countless women into believing in lies of love and romance. Was it all an ironic cosmic joke? Almost a decade prior, William himself had been living a lie that had lasted for more than twenty years. His secret? He was a gay man, a fact he hid from his wife and two daughters for almost as long as he had hidden it from himself. 

In this emotional and unflinchingly honest memoir of coming out of the closet late in life, owning up to the past, and facing the future, William Dameron confronts steroid addiction, the shame and homophobia of his childhood, the sledgehammer of secrets that slowly tore his marriage apart, and his love for a gay father of three that would once again challenge the boundaries of trust. At the true heart of The Lie is a universal story about turning self-doubt into self-acceptance and about pain, anger, and the long journey of both seeking and giving forgiveness. 

“Candid and compassionate, the book celebrates truth and honors the redemptive power of forgiveness and love…Uplifting.” --Kirkus Reviews

©2018 William Dameron (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Critic Reviews

“At once brutal and beautiful, William Dameron’s memoir unearths layers of secrets and decades of deception in startling, vivid prose. The Lie could not be more honest.” --Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors

“You certainly should be excited about The Lie. This wise and generous memoir answers questions in living an examined life. Dameron has written his own confession as Saint Augustine did and has managed to make the telling of one man’s moral struggle include everybody. The writing is clear and true and evocative with a momentum that doesn’t frustrate or disappoint. The people are fully realized. It is a book that will help readers feel less lonely as they stumble toward their light.” --Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Mother and Two Daughters

“Honest, wise, lyrical, funny - if memoirs (or love stories) come better than this one, I haven’t read them.” --Andrew Tobias, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Little Boy in the World

Editorial Review

Another aspect of the queer experience

Coming out can be a deeply emotional and intense experience. Though it differs for everyone, those who’ve been through it can speak to the fact that it’s more of a process than it is a single, one-time occurrence. William Dameron has crafted a brutally honest and introspective look at his own story, and I’m so thankful he’s decided to share this journey. Feeling more like a story shared between close friends than a memoir, there’s no better way to extend our celebration of LGBTQIA+ pride. And take a careful look at the author-narrator duo, because William Dameron the author and Will Damron the narrator are NOT the same person. Pretty perfect for a memoir that discusses catfishing, don’t you think? —Michael C., Audible Editor

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informative

if one has an open mind, this story enlightens one on how hard it would be to come out and be your true self in a world so prejudice. hopefully, one day , a person won't have to go through so much anguish to be their true self.

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The lie

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