Globe and Mail columnist Wente traces her true-life coming-of-age as an expatriate American in suburban Toronto. She also comments, often comically, on such topics as Google, day spas, obesity, building your own home, and so-called Canadian royalty, chiefly Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul and Conrad Black and Barbara Aamiel.
How can a lie possibly be good? This question presses on Paul Wakefield following a kayaking accident. His wife and child are threatened by the repercussions that follow the accident, and Paul must decide how to confront the accusations facing him. Knowing the truth will destroy them all, he scrambles for the one thing certain to save a select few: the good lie.